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Public meeting

City of Lester Prairie variance request: Chloride in wastewater

The city of Lester Prairie is renewing the permit for its wastewater treatment facility which discharges treated wastewater to the South Fork of the Crow River. The facility is designed to treat an average wet weather flow of 364,000 gallons per day. As part of the permit, the city has also applied for a variance from the total chloride water quality standard. A variance is granted when meeting the standard is not feasible, and there is currently no feasible way to remove chloride from wastewater. The facility has satisfied the necessary conditions, and the MPCA will recommend that the EPA grant the variance after the public has provided input.

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