Public meeting set, comments sought for proposed Cloquet tire shredder facility project

Contact: Anne Perry Moore, 218-302-6605

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to attend an informational meeting or submit written comments through May 16 about a draft permit and a draft environmental assessment for a proposed vehicle tire shredding facility just north of Cloquet, Minn.

The event will be held on May 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cloquet Memorial Hospital, 512 Skyline Avenue, in Cloquet. The presentation will begin at 6:30; staff will be available before and after the presentation for more informal conversations. Comments may be submitted at the meeting or in writing from now through the end of the comment period.

Tire Aggregate LLC is a used tire shredding business that proposes to collect waste whole tires at its Cloquet, Minn. facility, and transport, store and shred them at a new six-acre facility located within Omar's Sand and Gravel mining at 4049 Highway 33 in Brevator Township, Minn.

Once shredded into a lightweight and highly-permeable aggregate, the product is used for fill for projects such as road base construction, slope stabilization and stormwater retention chambers.

Project details are included in a draft Environmental Assessment Worksheet, a scoping document that is part of the agency’s public process designed to disclose potential negative environmental effects of a proposed project before the project is permitted and built. State agencies use an EAW to decide whether a more complete Environmental Impact Statement is needed.

The EAW is available on the MPCA's website at Environmental Assessment Worksheets page. Written comments are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017 and may be sent to Charles Peterson, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155 or charles.peterson@state.mn.us.

The draft permit is available on the agency’s Public Notices webpage. Written comments are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017 and may be sent to Greg Kvaal, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155 or greg.kvaal@state.mn.us.

For more information about the many beneficial uses of tire-derived projects, see the Beneficial use of tire-derived products file on the MPCA’s website.