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Red Wing Shoe Company MPCA Violations


According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, Red Wing Shoe Company violated several air quality permit requirements during 2020 and 2021 at its two footwear production facilities in Red Wing.


MPCA inspections confirmed that the maintenance, record keeping and reporting violations included failing to:

  • properly calculate emissions for hazardous air pollutants (HAPS), small and very small particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • conduct daily, monthly, and quarterly inspections for pollution control equipment.

  • conduct annual calibrations, tune-ups, and evaluations of pollution control equipment and boilers.

  • Submit federal reporting and fully report all impacted record keeping resulting from a cyber security attack in 2020.

In addition to paying the $30,000 civil penalty, Red Wing Shoe Company was required to complete a series of corrective actions including submitting detailed plans to ensure proper maintenance, record keeping, inspections, and reporting in accordance with its air permits at both facilities.


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