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Judge Wieners to hear MPCA challenge December 2 in Olmsted County


Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Olmsted County Judge Joseph Wieners will hear oral arguments on a motion for a summary judgement against the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in Courtroom 6 of the Olmsted County Government Center in Rochester beginning December 2. Wieners was assigned the case after Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson recused himself.

In papers filed in Fillmore County on Tuesday, September 30, the law firm of Peters & Peters of Alexandria, Minnesota representing Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) , has asked the courts for a summary judgement against the MPCA, and Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, who has intervened in the case. The plaintiffs (SEMEP) contend that the MPCA erred in not requiring Heartland to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement.

Heartland proposes to construct a 25 MW power generating facility in Preston which would burn scrap tires through a fluidized bed boiler system. According to papers filed in court, the plaintiffs contend that Heartland would “shred and burn 375 tons of tires each day, which would arrive in 25 trucks hauling 15 tons per truck...It plans to emit over 800 tons of hazardous air pollutants each year.”

SEMEP supported its motion for a summary judgement on seven conclusions:

•The Air Toxics Review from MPCA lacked substantial evidence. MPCA used data from Rialto, CA that did not undergo peer review and was vendor proposed. No real world data from TDF facilities was provided.

•The MPCA erred by failing to require Major Source Review. A stationary source is “major” if it is in an attainment area for the purposes of Prevention of Significant Deterioration and has the potential to emit 100 or more tons of a criteria pollutant. SEMEP contends that Preston, MN is in attainment.

•MPCA failed to adequately address the issues related to the tire bunker. Given the size of the bunker, the 375 tons of tires per day, the operation of the tire shredder and the use of trucks and a front-end loader, the EAW should have more information about the cover and the potential for runoff.

•The MPCA did not take a hard look at ash disposal. SEMEP contends that “fugitive dust”, that created in the separation of steel will create particulate dust. They further contend that Heartland should have an ash management plan approved by the Commissioner in place prior to opera .....
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Age is a state of mind for Cherry Grove woman

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

The thirst for knowledge and the possibilities of what technology can do for one is not limited by your age or your generation. Someone once said that "it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” [Read the Rest]

Morton out on bail

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features

Trevor Lee Morton, 30, of rural Spring Valley was released on $100,000 bail after completing a psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital.

Judge Robert Benson ordered the evaluation to determine if Morton was abl ..... 
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Sierra Club meets with farmers

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Sierra Club members met with local farmers Saturday, September 20 at the Root River Church of the Brethren in rural Preston to discuss issues of sustainable agriculture.   The meeting was led by Jeff Webster, a 25-year reside ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Heaven on the hill

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Larry Dahl says he knew he wanted to buy the land for his new home the first time he saw it. While Dahl liked his home and neighborhood in Rushford, he was drawn to the land formerly owned by Obert Colbenson on top of the Highway 43 hill. Larry nestl ..... 
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“Eliminating MPCs will help save dairy farms”

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Editor’s note: Preston area dairy farmer Delbert Mandelko participated in the National Farmers Union Fly-In in Washington, D.C. recently to lobby members of Congress to support legislation that would close trade loop-holes that allow the importation ..... 
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Board listens again to Heartland opponents

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."   Benjamin Franklin

Concerned citizens took their case for an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Heartland’s tire burning plant to th ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the city’s water utility improvements. At Chang’s suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The September 16 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer, J ..... 
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