Two Harbors Fined $19K for Untreated Wastewater Spills

Updated: 04/15/2014 1:19 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 1:18 PM

The City of Two Harbors must pay a $19,000 penalty for spilling untreated wastewater, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The agency said that the city's wastewater treatment plant spilled nearly 150,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Skunk Creek and Lake Superior between August of 2013 and January of 2014. They said power outages, uncontrolled bypass locations, inadequate alarm systems and failure to have adequate notification procedures caused the spills from a city sewage lift station.

In addition to paying the fine, the MPCA said the city must also meet specific agency requirements, including an unrelated permit discharge limit for mercury and at its wastewater treatment plant.

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