MPCA starts review of Red Wing’s proposed modified waste processing facility

Contact: Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608

Rochester, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has initiated its public review of the city of Red Wing’s proposed changes to its waste processing facility. The proposal would produce 250 tons per day of fuel for incineration off-site and install two systems in an existing building to recover materials and derive fuel from refuse. The change requires an environmental review by the MPCA. The agency has the project’s Environmental Assessment Worksheet open for comment through Oct. 8.

After project completion, slated for this winter, haulers would deliver waste loads to the facility for manual processing. Waste that can be used as fuel will go to the Olmsted County Waste to Energy facility in Rochester, Xcel Energy’s Red Wing Generating Plant, or another facility for generating electricity.

The city expects no significant change in other site operations for the management of construction and demolition debris, public drop-off of residential and business waste, yard waste, and wood waste. All transportation to the facility would go through the main entrance on U.S. Highway 61 or an entrance on Bench Street. The city expects an average of 130 vehicles per day.

The city’s objective is to provide alternative solid waste management services, other than land disposal, for the community and neighboring areas.

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet is available on the MPCA’s Environmental Review webpage. Comments, which must be in writing, are due by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Send comments to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155 or to kevin.kain@state.mn.us. For more information, email him or call him at 651-757-2482.