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Dodge Center business and Wanamingo man fined for illegal waste disposal


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Features

By Mitch Walbridge

Resulting from a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) investigation, Hoaglund Properties of Dodge Center, Minn. and Brent Diderrich of Wanamingo, Minn. have been fined a total of $15,000 for violating several state rules regarding the proper disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials. Both Hoaglund Properties and Diderrich will split the fine equally, paying $7,500 each.

The fines have been imposed on both Hoaglund Properties and Diderrich after an investigation of Diderrich’s property in January of this year. Goodhue County officials along with the MPCA discovered roughly 500 cubic yards of municipal solid waste. Officials estimate that this amount of waste would be able to fill more than 50 dump trucks.

Also during the inspection, 250 waste tires were found in addition to 100 waste electronic devices such as televisions and 20 cubic yards of potentially hazardous waste, such as paint thinner. There was evidence that garbage and hazardous waste had been burned in some areas of the property, which was located near Goodhue County Highway 57. Several open containers of used oil were discovered to be stored on bare ground.

Diderrich stated that about 90 percent of the waste was supplied by Hoaglund Properties. The rest was collected from an advertisement that Diderrich posted on Craigslist. In addition to the fines, cleanup of the waste is part of the stipulation agreement between the parties involved and the MPCA.

The state of Minnesota has strict guidelines for the proper disposal of waste, which includes hauling, dumping and burning regulations. The reason Minnesota has such strict regulations is to prevent public and environmental exposure to hazardous materials and protect air quality.

The rules of the state clearly demand that property owners and occupants (including businesses, residential, or government property) dispose of waste solely through authorized facilities. Even waste haulers and recyclers are required to obtain a license through the cities or counties that they serve. The disposal facilities also play a vital role in waste removal. Disposal facilities are held to the strictest standards to comply with permit obligations.

Proper Hazardous

Waste Disposal

Fillmore County hosts Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites every first Tuesday of May and October at the Resource Recovery Center in Preston, Minn. The date of the next collection event is Tuesday, October 1 from noon to 5pm. There is a reminder that early drop-offs are illegal and will not be accepted.

Items accepted at collection events include aerosol cans, paints, bug sprays, degreasers, poisons, antifreeze, lawn and garden care products and more. For a complete list of accepted and non-accepted items, visit www.co.fillmore.mn.us/sanitation. Questions can be directed to the Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center at 507-765-4704.

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