Comments sought on report for Tracy wastewater treatment upgrade

Contact: Forrest Peterson, 320-441-6972

The city of Tracy is proposing to build a new wastewater treatment facility and upgrade its collection system. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet describing the project and its potential impact on the environment. The EAW is available for public comment until April 19.

The new facility will consist of a three-cell clay-lined stabilization pond system capable of receiving 466,000 gallons of wastewater per day. It will treat and discharge wastewater to an unnamed intermittent stream that flows into Judicial Ditch 9, then into the Cottonwood River. In addition, the city will be repairing, reconstructing, and enlarging its sewer collection system in order to eliminate wastewater bypasses and more effectively convey wastewater.

Comments on the worksheet must be in writing and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on April 19, 2017, to Nancy Drach, nancy.drach@state.mn.us, fax: 651-297-8683, at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

The MPCA will use these comments to evaluate the potential for significant environmental effects from the project, and to decide if an Environmental Impact Statement, a more comprehensive environmental review, is needed.

Copies of the Tracy EAW are available for review at:

Copies may also be requested directly from the MPCA by calling 651-296-6300. Questions about the EAW should be directed to Nancy Drach at 651-757-2317.

The public notice for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the facility will run concurrently with the EAW. Comments on the permit should be sent to Ashley Wahl, MPCA Marshall office, 507-476-4264, ashley.wahl@state.mn.us. The draft permit is available on the MPCA's Public Notice webpage.