MPCA Recognizes area wastewater facilities for operational excellence

ACCEPTING an award from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for maintaining outstanding permit compliance were Ann and Terry Jackson for the City of Winton. Other area plants receiving awards included Crane Lake, Babbitt and Cleveland Cliffs-Dunka Pit.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recognizing 334 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from October 2017 through September 2018.
Area facilities receiving awards include the City of Babbitt, Cliffs - Dunka Mining Area, city of Winton and Crane Lake.
The MPCA’s Deputy Commissioner Peter Tester presented the certificates and praised award recipients for their persistent work and dedication to protecting water quality.
To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring, operations, and maintenance, and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.
The awards were presented at the 82nd Annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park. The annual conference brings together wastewater operators from Minnesota for training and professional education.
In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution, or treatment plant size was not a factor in awarding the certificates.