Air permitting in South Minneapolis

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The 2008 Minnesota Legislature passed a law that affects how the MPCA evaluates air permit applications for a very specific part of South Minneapolis. This law requires the MPCA to analyze and consider “cumulative  levels and effects of past and current pollution” before a permit may be issued for a facility located in the area described by the statute.

The links below provide information about air permitting and the MPCA’s process for meeting the requirements of the statute.

Cumulative levels and effects process

The MPCA has developed a cumulative levels (CL&E) and effects process for permit projects located in the statute area. The process document describes what steps will need to be followed in conducting a cumulative levels and effects analysis. The reference document provides sources of information that will be used in the analysis. For more information, contact Kristie Ellickson, 651-757-2336.

Public participation plan

The MPCA is expanding outreach in the statute area to include notifications, announcements and updates about air permit applications, community information sessions during permit application review, and public information meetings. Individuals may sign up to receive notifications related to MPCA receipt of permit applications and updates to the process.  To be placed on the notification list, visit the MPCA’s GovDelivery subscription page to sign up to receive email updates.

Air permit applications for proposed projects in the Statute area

There are no active permit applications at this time.

Issued air permits with completed CL and E analyses

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Air Permit and Technical Support Document (TSD) can be found at the link below. The TSD includes a description of the facility, the basis for all permit requirements and detailed information about the CL and E analysis. The TSD begins on page 26 of the linked document. This air permit was issued on February 21, 2013.

Metro Transit Hiawatha Light Rail O and M Facility

The Metro Transit Light Rail O&M Facility air permit and technical support document (TSD) can be found at the link below. The TSD includes a description of the facility, the basis for the permit requirements, and detailed information about the CL&E analysis. The TSD begins on page 31. This air permit was issued August 25, 2011.

Risk assessment and impacts resources