MPCA seeks public comments on proposed landfill expansion in Polk County

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8108

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — Polk County is proposing to expand its existing Gentilly Solid Waste Landfill and add a sand and gravel mining operation on its land about eight miles east of Crookston, Minn.

As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion. The public may submit written comments on Polk County’s landfill expansion EAW through April 6, 2016.

The landfill currently covers about 52 acres within a county-owned 360-acre plot of land. The proposed expansion would increase the landfill by about 13 acres. The proposed sand and gravel operation would cover an additional 115 acres, also within the county-owned land.

State agencies use the EAW to help decide whether a more complete Environmental Impact Statement is needed. The EAW covers site location details, nearby resources and other elements, including wells, soil types, water use, manure management, air and odor emissions, and traffic.

The EAW is available on the MPCA’s EAW webpage, or at the St. Paul MPCA office, 520 Lafayette Road North. Comments may be submitted to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN, 55155, or by email to kevin.kain@state.mn.us, by 4:30 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Kevin at 651-757-2482, or toll-free at 800-657-3864.