MPCA seeks comments on ash processing facility in Goodhue County

Contact: Alexis Donath, 651-757-2312

Lab USA has proposed construction of a transfer and ash processing facility in Goodhue County. The facility would process ash from Xcel Energy’s generating plant and ash landfill for the purpose of recovering metals. The proposed facility would be located 1.5 miles south of Highway 61, near existing landfills operated by Xcel Energy, Goodhue County and the city of Red Wing.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an environmental assessment worksheet on the proposed facility changes to describe the project and outline its potential impact on the environment. The EAW details the site location, nearby bodies of water and groundwater, soil types, air and odor emissions, noise concerns, and more. The EAW is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage.

Comments on the environmental assessment worksheet must be received in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2017. Comments can be submitted by email to or by mail to Kevin Kain, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194. Kain is available to answer questions by phone at 651-757-2482.