MPCA releases environmental assessment on new electric facility in Shakopee

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on an environmental review document for a new electric generating facility in Shakopee. MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through December 9, 2015.

The EAW is meant to describe the ways in which the proposed project could affect air, water, land use, and habitat, as well as potential community impacts, such as odors, noise, dust, and vehicle traffic.

The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) plans to build and operate a new electric-generating facility in Shakopee. The facility will feature five natural gas-fired units that will provide electricity and transmission to the city’s Dean Lake Substation. The facility’s electricity generation process will result in some exhaust emissions. The main pollutants will consist of nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and carbon dioxide. However, the facility will include controls to ensure emissions don’t exceed required air quality standards. Construction is estimated to take approximately one year.

The EAW is available on the MPCA’s website: PDF iconMinnesota Municipal Power Agency - Shakopee Distributed Generation Facility - EAW

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

Comments must be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. December 9, 2015, to Nancy Drach, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194, by e-mail to nancy.drach@state.mn.us, or by fax to 651-297-2343. Copies of the EAW are also available for review at this address, or upon request by calling 651-757-2101. Questions should be directed to Nancy Drach at 651-757-2317.