Minnesota Pollution Control Angency
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||Minnesota Pollution Control Angency, Government agencies, Regulations, Permits, Programs, Hot Topics, News, St. Paul, MN, Minnesota, US, United States, www.pca.state.mn.us,|
|Address:||520 Lafayette Road|
|St. Paul, MN 55155-4194|
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|Ann Foss, Operations|
|History of the MPCA
In 1967, a growing awareness of the environment's fragile nature led the Minnesota Legislature to create a new state agency, one with a unique challenge and a demanding responsibility: to protect the air, waters and land of our great state. The goal? To make it possible for Minnesotans to use and enjoy the legacy of lakes and rivers, the forests, the plains and the natural resources, while keeping waters clean and air pure.
With that foresight (it would be three years before the first Earth Day and the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), the Minnesota Legislature gave authority to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to begin controlling pollution problems in the state.
The results of the MPCA's efforts are obvious: the air, land and water are cleaner now than they were 30 years ago, in spite of a growing population and rising industrialization. Through partnerships with the state legislature, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, local governments, industry, environmentalists, educators and the public, the MPCA has made Minnesota a national model of environmental protection.
Now, as then, the MPCA serves Minnesota by: examining the quality of the state's environment; developing rules that protect the public's health and the environment; and helping local government, industry and individuals meet their environmental responsibilities.
MPCA has approximately 800 staff who work in six divisions: administrative services, regional operations, air quality, ground water and solid waste, hazardous waste and water quality. There are five regional offices located throughout the state and numerous special programs designed to address specific environmental issues.
The MPCA mission is to protect Minnesota's environment to secure the quality of life of its citizens.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was established in 1967. Its purpose is to protect Minnesota's environment through monitoring environmental quality and enforcing environmental regulations.