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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland


Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC plant in Preston.

Heartland plans to convert approximately 10,000,000 scrap tires annually into electricity using fluid-bed technology. The electricity would then be sold on the grid.

In addition to receiving previous permits from the MPCA, Heartland recently received a conditional use permit from the city of Preston to proceed with building the energy plant. In July the MPCA is expected to decide whether to approve an Air Permit for Heartland.

In the suit, SEMEP is seeking a court order requiring that the MPCA carry out an EIS on the Heartland plant.

In court papers, SEMEP claim that the MPCA acted arbitrarily by failing to consider the cumulative impacts of air emissions from Heartland together with air emissions from other plants, including Pro-Corn Ethanol plant, which is located 900 feet away. They also argue that the MPCA, by deferring critical air emission analysis to a later permitting, abandoned its duty to require an EIS where there exists a potential for significant environmental effects.

Representing SEMEP are attorneys Peters & Peters, PLC of Alexandria, who successfully argued a case against the MPCA over Reiland Farm’s plan to build a dairy operation in Forestville Township. No trial date has been set.

Generators “generate” public interest at Rushford Council meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

Citizens opposed to the addition of standby generators at the substation site had a chance to address their questions and comments to the Rushford City Council as they began their meeting on June 23.

Eric Hoiland handed out a l ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Program will focus on the “working poor”

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The good news, according to Fillmore County Director of Social Services, Tom Boyd, is that in the face of declining budgets the state allocation for Income Maintenance Programs will actually increase to $318,000 next year. However, Boyd and his staff ..... 
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Forestville meets $50,000 goal

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“The good news is that we have met our short term goal of raising $50,000,” Charles Pautler, Site Manager at Historic Forestville, told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “I’m here to thank you personally for supporting this effort.” The county do ..... 
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A culinary trip to Chicago

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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"First we eat, then we do everything else."

M.F.K. Fisher

A few weeks ago we took our family summer vacation to Chicago. Our plans included taking the kids to the usual museums, walking around and gawking ..... 
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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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“Weather permitting, we should begin pouring walls tomorrow,” Dean Sand of CAM, Inc. told the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday. “We’re three weeks out on setting steel.”

Sand, along with representatives of Kane & Johnson Archite ..... 
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County holds Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday afternoon to review assessments of property throughout the county. The total value of all property for the 2003 assessment in Fillmore County is $1,671,962,900, up from $1,519,722,70 ..... 
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DNR hosts open house for trail

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of ..... 
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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

H ..... 
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