MPCA releases environmental assessment on heating/power facility at U of M

Contact: Taylor Holland, 651-757-2385

St. Paul, Minn.-- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on an environmental review document for a combined heat and power facility at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Comments are being accepted through November 26.

The University of Minnesota has proposed the new heat and power facility, with emission units being installed in the existing main plant building. The plant, located on the west side of the Minneapolis campus, would be used to generate steam heat and power for the campus. 

The facility will include a 22.8 megawatt combustion turbine generator, and will have 270,000 pounds per hour of steam capacity. Current coal-fired boilers will be retired and natural gas will be used to operate the combined heat and power system. The new facility will have the same footprint as the current facility.

Construction is expected to be completed by May 2016.

The purpose of the environmental review document, called an Environmental Assessment Worksheet, is to describe the ways in which a proposed project could affect air, water, land use, habitat, and other environmental concerns. The document helps the MPCA determine whether a more in-depth environmental review process is needed for a given process.

Comments on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet should be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, to Kim Grosenheider, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194 or by fax to 651-297-2343.  To review the EAW or for more information, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/oxpg691.