The MPCA, city of Duluth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will be on hand to answer questions about the slip’s projects, sediment cleanup alternatives, timelines and next steps.
U.S. Steel Corporation has agreed to pay a $49,500 penalty as part of a settlement for nine state air quality violations adjacent to its taconite facility near Keewatin.
The Chippewa River Watershed includes portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Kandiyohi, Chippewa counties, and a very small portion of Stearns.
The proposed expansion would double the number of finishing hogs from 2,400 in one existing barn to a total of 4,800 in two barns.
The report is open for comment through Aug. 31, 2016
Penalties from all 44 cases totaled more than $480,000.
The proposed project would expand the capacity of the facility from the current 970 beef feeder cattle to a capacity of 4,000 beef slaughter steers and 4,000 beef feeder cattle.
The proposed hog production facility will consist of two new total confinement barns and house a total of up to 4,800 finishing hogs.
This TMDL report is open for public review and comment through Aug. 17, 2016.
The air pollution health alert is for the Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas, effective Friday, July 22 from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.
The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro north and east to Cambridge, North Branch, Forest Lake and Stillwater.
The public will have an opportunity to formally comment on the proposed standard during a rulemaking process in 2017. Feedback on the information being released today is appreciated by Sept. 6, 2016.
The public may submit written comments on the Hidden Creek Ag EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2016.
The new plant will include eight above ground storage tanks which will contain liquid asphalt, chemical additives and blending agents needed for manufacturing asphalt.
In addition to correcting identified problems, the company agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.
The MPCA Duluth Office has activated a temporary incident command center to monitor the situation and provide assistance to the city of Moose Lake and Pine County.
In total, 40 percent of all waters tested by the MPCA over the last decade are now considered “impaired.”
The public may submit written comments on the R and R Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2016.
The EAW covers site location details, and assesses the potential for a variety of environmental impacts of the project, such as air pollution, noise, stormwater runoff and the impact on wildlife.
These reports were under the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.
The Long Prairie River watershed includes all or parts of Douglas, Otter Tail, Todd and Morrison counties.
The city plans to improve and expand the capacity of its wastewater treatment plant to more effectively treat its wastewater, and accept and treat more wastewater.
The footprint of the landfill will not increase, but the company that operates it is requesting clearance to develop cover slopes around the entire facility.
Area residents’ homes have been affected by dust from the United Taconite facility more than a dozen times during a 31-month period.
In addition to correcting all identified problems, the ethanol plant will also pay a $39,450 penalty.