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Minnesota River Basin: General Phosphorus Permit - Phase 1

The Lower Minnesota River has a dissolved oxygen impairment. During low flows, excess phosphorus generates algal blooms. Eventually, the algae die off and decompose. The decomposition process creates a shortage of the dissolved oxygen needed to sustain aquatic life.

In response to this impairment, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) developed the Lower Minnesota River Dissolved Oxygen  Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The TMDL required the development of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit – Phase I (Permit). The purpose of the Permit is to reduce phosphorus discharged by point sources to the Minnesota River Basin (Basin).  The Permit was issued on December 1, 2005.

The Permit required the 40 larger existing continuously discharging wastewater treatment facilities in the Basin to apply for coverage and receive a 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit.  The Permit also requires that all new and expanding continuously discharging phosphorus dischargers (even if they are not a wastewater treatment facility) within the Basin to apply for Permit coverage.  Facilities covered by the Permit are subject to a 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit.  The phosphorus limit is necessary to ensure that there is no net increase of phosphorus discharged to the Basin.  Stabilization Ponds are subject to a different set of requirements.  See the Permit for details regarding requirements.

This Web page contains links to the Permit and its associated forms and factsheets.

Permits and additions

Permit forms

  • PDF Document Permit Application Form. Application for coverage under the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit – Phase I. Facilities in the Basin are not covered by the Permit until the application form is completed and submitted and the facility has received a Notification of Coverage from the MPCA.

  • Legal Contract-to-Trade Forms for Transfers of Jordan Trading Units. Permittees (i.e., those listed in Appendix B of the Permit) have the option of buying or selling phosphorus credits according to the terms of the Permit.  Permittees may tradefacility to facility (one buyer and one seller) or trade through a Trade Association (multiple facilities trading with an aggregate limit).  In order to implement a trade, the trading partners must fill-out, sign and submit the appropriate trade form.  There are four trade types and thus four types of forms.  The first form type is for facility to facility trades.  The last three forms are used if a Trade Association is involved in the trade.
    • MS Word Document Transfers between Individual Permittees (PDF Version) (wq-b3-17) . Use this form for all trades made between two individual Permittees.  The form has the following three formats:  PDF, Word, or online auto-fill.  Each format has the same content.  You may submit the form in whatever format that meets your needs.  If both parties to the trade are already listed in Appendix B of the Basin Permit, we recommend that you use the auto-fill version because it automatically fills in much of the required information.  If either of the facilities in the trade is not currently listed in Appendix B of the Permit, the auto-fill version of the trade form will not work for that trade.  In that case, use either the Word or the PDF version of the form and manually enter and calculate required information.
      • PDF Document Example of filled-out “Transfers Between Individual Permittees” trade form.
    • PDF Document MS Word File Trade Association—Internal Trading. Used only for internal trades made within a Trade Association by its members.
      • PDF Document Example of filled-out Trade Association-Internal Trading form.
    • PDF Document MS Word File Trade Association—Between Trade Association and an Individual Permittee. For trades made between a Trade Association and a single Permittee that is not in a Trade Association.
      • PDF Document Example of filled-out Trade Association-Between Trade Association and an Individual Permittee form.
  • PDF Document Exclusion Application Form - Exclusions from Phosphorus Limit, PIP and Annual Compliance Report. For Permittees which are requesting an exclusion from their 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit, Pre-season Implementation Plan (PIP) and Annual Compliance Report requirements (Requirements).
  • PDF Document Pre-season Implementation Plan (PIP). Facilities which are listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit are required to submit a PIP unless they have obtained an exclusion from their 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit.
  • Annual Compliance Report Forms (ACR). Facilities which are listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit are required to submit an ACR unless they have received an exclusion from their 5-Month Mass Phosphorus Limit. ACR Form A is used for Permittees which are not in a Trade Association. ACR Form B is used for Permittees which are a member of a Trade Association.

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Contact Us

For additional information about the Minnesota River Basin General Phosphorus Permit – Phase I, contact: Lisa McCormick, 320-231-5343.

Comments, questions or feedback can be submitted through the basin feedback online form.

Last modified on December 23, 2013 09:46

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