A Holdingford truck trailer manufacturing facility has paid a penalty and is correcting a number of issues that resulted in hazardous waste violations and wastewater discharges to a nearby wetland and Spunk Creek. These actions are part of a stipulation agreement recently issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
EnTrans International, headquartered in Athens, Tenn., owns and operates the facility at 12810 County Road 17, Holdingford, Minn., in Stearns County. Violations were discovered during a January 2017 MPCA inspection.
According to inspection reports, the company allowed hazardous wastes, including methyl ethyl keytone, toluene and acetone, to discharge into its septic system. The septic system discharged untreated wastewater onto bare ground, which led to a nearby wetland and Spunk Creek, potentially affecting both water bodies.
Other violations include disposing of hazardous wastes into the solid waste stream, failing to properly label and store hazardous wastes, and failing to keep proper records or conduct required equipment inspections. Inspection reports also indicate some violations date back to October 2012. In addition to paying a $49,325 penalty, the company is working to complete a series of corrective actions.
A stipulation agreement is one tool that the MPCA uses to achieve compliance with environmental laws. When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it was a first time or repeat violation and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws.
For more information, visit the MPCA’s Enforcement primer webpage.