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MPCA holds Northern Metal accountable for false emissions reporting, violating the public's trust

Updated: September 23, 2019 10:22 PM

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced on Monday it has reached a settlement agreement with Northern Metal Recycling regarding its errors in reporting emission records.

A release states under the settlement, Northern Metal Recycling admitted it submitted inaccurate emissions records to the MPCA and will permanently shut down its Minneapolis shredder operations by 6 p.m. on Monday. 

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MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop released the following statement:

"Minnesota expects its corporate citizens to do the right thing and follow its permit requirements. Northern Metal Recycling broke the public's trust and showed a willful disregard toward its neighbors. These serious violations required a swift and proportional action."

In addition, the MPCA is able to reopen Northern Metal Recycling's permit for the new Becker facility to incorporate additional monitors and reports for its pollution control equipment.

Northern Metals prepares to open facility in Becker

Chief Operating Officer of Northern Metals, Scott Helberg, provided the following statement to KSTP:

"Northern Metals is pleased to cooperatively resolve this matter with the MPCA. Northern Metals is committed to innovation and excellence. We look forward to starting operations at our state-of-the-art Becker facility, which we believe will be set the benchmark for sustainability and environmental protection for the recycling industry in Minnesota and the nation."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also issued the following statement regarding the settlement: 

"Northern Metals has broken our laws and breached their agreement with the state, all while brazenly betraying the public's trust. Today's decision to immediately shutdown the shredder is welcome news for a community that for years has borne the brunt of their bad action."

The company is also required to pay a $200,000 civil penalty by Oct. 1.

To read more on the settlement, click here

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