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Company fined for stormwater violation

BEMIDJI — A Bemidji company is included in 63 cases throughout the state to be non-compliant with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulations.

The MPCA conducted environmental compliance checks in 39 counties during the third quarter of 2013. Lyle’s Used Trucks and Truck Parts in Bemidji was fined $4,700 for stormwater violations, according to the MPCA.

"I was not in violation of any hazardous material going into the ground," said Mick Trepanier, owner of Lyle’s Used Trucks and Truck Parts. "I didn’t have a stormwater permit."

Trepanier now has a valid permit and a compliant stormwater prevention plan in place.

Eight other companies were also fined for stormwater violations.

According to the MPCA’s website, stormwater management is the surest way to improve water quality in Minnesota. Stormwater can contain oil, chemicals, excess phosphorous, toxic metals, litter and disease-causing organisms. Fish and aquatic organisms can be hurt or eliminated by stormwater seeping into lakes, streams and rivers.

The heftiest fine was issued to Vonco V LLC/Victory and Vision Properties LLC in Duluth for air quality and solid waste violations. Vonco’s $300,000 fine includes $240,000 toward a supplemental environmental project.

A total of $577,000 in penalties was imposed in the 63 cases.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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