Three wastewater facilities in Dakota County are among a list of over 300 facilities being honored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The MPCA is recognizing 334 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining outstanding permit compliance from October 2017 through September 2018.

The following facilities in Dakota County are being recognized:

• Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery, Rosemount.

• Met Council – Empire Township Wastewater Treatment Plant, Farmington.

• Met Council – Seneca Wastewater Treatment Plant, Eagan.

To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring, operations, and maintenance, and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.

The awards were presented at the 82nd Annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park. The annual conference brings together wastewater operators from Minnesota for training and professional education, according to a news release.

In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution or treatment plant size was not a factor in awarding the certificates.

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