MPCA Penalizes Duluth Co., Requires Beautification Project

Posted at: 09/23/2013 5:44 PM | Updated at: 09/23/2013 10:43 PM
By: Emily Haavik

Some new information was released Monday about the company that will be demolishing several run-down homes in Duluth this year.

Gary-New Duluth company Vonco V may be partnering with the City of Duluth to take down some blighted properties in a beautification project.

Monday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency revealed that Vonco is being required to provide these demolition services as part of an enforcement action  a $240,000 service from the company.

The demolition work Vonco will be doing for Duluth is just of the penalties the MPCA is requiring after several permit violations by Vonco.

According to the MPCA, those violations include dumping 6.25 tons of waste at a private residence in Wrenshall.

The MPCA also said that there were problems with their Gary-New Duluth landfill as well, including permit violations, exposed asbestos, accepting unacceptable waste, and a failure to conduct and report accurate facility inspections. 

Vonco will also pay a $60,000 fine.

The Duluth City Council voted Monday to approve the contract.

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