Former North Branch Mayor Ron Lindquist has been fined for hauling septic tank waste and dumping it in 2013, 2014 and in 2015, in violation of state standards. He didn’t seek re-election after 2014.
The state Pollution Control Agency fined his company R & M Septic Service for violating state regulations and lacking a valid license and the agency was in district court last week seeking judgment for the unpaid fine. Lindquist did not attend the court proceeding.
The judgment was approved for $15,260.
A Minnesota PCA spokesperson told the Chisago County Press a certified letter was sent January 2017 giving R & M Septic Service 30 days to avoid an administrative penalty order, and that notice was followed up with a second letter in May 2017.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency cites at least 144 jobs Lindquist did for individual septic system owners while unlicensed.
He also allegedly “over-applied” the waste product when he land-spread the septage onto Chisago County crop fields.
One site was estimated to have been dumped with 100,000 gallons more than soils were suited for. Another site was over-applied by 103,000 gallons and at a third location 53,000 more gallons were applied than recommended, according to the records the PCA was provided.
The agency reviewed R & M Septic Service hauling records in September 2015.
The company is “family owned.” The Chisago County Press contacted the office in North Branch for comment.
Mrs. Lindquist was questioned by phone and said she had no knowledge of any of the PCA’s enforcement efforts. She was unaware of the fine or corrective conditions or licensing issues. She stated Ron was not available. The Press was advised to call back Monday and give her a few days to look into the matter. Monday this week the company phone repeatedly switched to an answering machine recording that said the number attempting to be reached was unavailable.
The corrective actions the PCA told Lindquist he needed to address included: getting an up-to-date license, showing proof he had registered in a U of M on-site septic training program and scheduling a ride-along with himself and a PCA official to observe operations.
The PCA spokesperson said there’s also a smaller fine of $1,100 outstanding on file against Lindquist from April 2016, for allegedly participating in more recent hauling of household refuse and being non-compliant with those regulations.