MPCA conducts environmental assessment of proposed LJP Enterprises expansion in North Mankato

Ralph Pribble, 651-757-2657

According to a newly released Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) environmental assessment worksheet (EAW), LJP Enterprises of North Mankato LLC is proposing to double its capacity to process source-separated industrial waste, including non-recyclable plastics and wood, using a new shredder at their existing solid-waste transfer station. The company has proposed increasing the transfer station’s capacity from 23,890 tons of source-separated industrial waste per year to 47,780 tons per year.

The company has also applied for an amendment to the facility’s solid waste permit to allow it to make refuse-derived fuel using the new shredder. If approved, all of the source-separated industrial waste will become fuel and transferred to Xcel Energy’s Wilmarth Generating Plant in Mankato and burned to create energy.

State agencies use the EAW process to help decide whether a project requires a more extensive environmental impact statement. The EAW describes the project’s potential effects on nearby land uses, bodies of water, groundwater, and wildlife and habitat. It also details air and vehicle emissions, dust, traffic, noise, and odors that the project might produce.

The MPCA is requesting comments on the EAW, which is available on the MPCA Environmental Review webpage. Request a copy of the EAW from or submit written comments to Jenna Ness (651-757-2276), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.