MPCA seeks to generate comments on a new electrical power station being planned

Contact: Alexis Donath, 651-757-2312

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) is proposing to build, own, and operate a new electric power generating facility in Carver County, Minn.

The plan includes constructing a facility on approximately 2 acres of a 12.37-acre land parcel in Chaska, Minn., and installing five natural gas-fired electrical generating units capable of producing up to 50 megawatts of electricity. The project is expected to take about 12 months to build.

Once in operation, the new electric generating station will be known as the Chaska Energy Park Facility. The CEP Facility will provide an additional outlet of electricity for the city of Chaska and to the other MMPA member communities of Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed new electrical power generating station. The EAW details the site location, construction activities, air emissions, water and wastewater use, and more. The EAW is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheets webpage.

Comments on the EAW must be in writing and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on November 9, 2016 to Nancy Drach (651-757-2317) at the MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.