Environmental Improvement Program: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 114C.20 to MSA 114C.28
Eligibility: MSA 114C.22
Pollution prevention plan: MSA 114C.22
Audit report: MSA 114C.22 and MSA 114C.23
Enforcement: MSA 114C.24
Confidentiality: MSA 114C.26
Green Star Program: MSA 114C.25
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. On August 1, 1995, a 4-year environmental audit pilot program began at MPCA. This pilot program allowed Minnesota's businesses and governments to contact the Agency about violations discovered during an audit to determine how to comply with environmental regulations and develop a schedule for compliance. The intent of the program was to focus on the goal of achieving measurable environmental results, not on fines or penalties.
The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation in its 1999 session that ensured the continuation, with a few changes, of the Environmental Improvement Program, which was formally known as the Environmental Improvement Pilot Project. The amended act became effective July 1, 1999.
The Environmental Improvement Program encourages industries, businesses, and governments to examine how well a facility's operations are complying with local, state, and federal environmental regulations, and to correct any problems that are identified. Organizations that meet the program's requirements may receive protection from enforcement action, fines, and other penalties.
• Administration and enforcement. MPCA administers and enforces the audit program in Minnesota.