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MPCA holds Ethanol Hearing


Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

In response to letters and a petition submitted by twelve local residents, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) held a public information meeting last Tuesday evening on the expansion of the Pro-Corn Ethanol plant in Preston.

Pro-Corn, Inc. has applied to the MPCA to expand its production from 22.5 million to 50 million gallons per year. The MPCA held an original comment period from March 20 to April 18, but reopened the public comment period on May 22 in response to the concerns received from the petitioners. The current comment period will run to June 1.

At Tuesday night’s hearing, John Chikkala, Air Permit Engineer with the MPCA St. Paul office, addressed the questions raised in the petition about air emissions from the new expansion.

According to Chikkala, the expansion at the ethanol plant will include the addition of new "scrubbers," pollution equipment that, through the use of water, helps reduce the amount of particulate matter that is introduced into the atmosphere. Pro-Corn is voluntarily replacing its existing scrubbers and also adding new scrubbers on the emission stacks.

The plant will also construct a taller emissions stack to disperse the emissions over a broader area. At the end of the expansion project there will be a total of 11 tall and short emissions stacks.

Mr. Chikkala also stated that, at this time, the MPCA staff believes that the facility will be in compliance with the state and federal air quality regulations after the expansion. Ethanol plants are required to conduct air emissions testing and send the reports to MPCA staff for review and verification.

The original petition that prompted the Tuesday evening hearing dealt specifically with concerns about air pollutant emissions and odors. Emissions from the plant include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Nitrogen Oxides (Nox), and Carbon Monoxide (CO), as well as Particulate Matter (PM).

The MPCA threshold for VOCs is 100 tons per year, and the Pro-Corn estimates show that after completion of the expansion, the plant VOCs emissions will go from 37.84 tons to 99.3 tons per year.

The MPCA engineer also noted that the Nitrogen Oxide emissions would increase from 30.65 tons to 97.0 tons per year. Carbon Monoxide emissions will increase from 25.7 tons to 81.5 tons per year. Mr. Chikkala stated that all emission estimates would be within the current federal Clean Air Act standards.

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Journal Review

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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The Quilting of AmericaBy Al MathisonMonday, May 28, 2001

The story told in Quilters, currently playing at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, is the story of America. It’s the story of America as told by the women who left civilizatio ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Sticker ShockBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 28, 2001

Lanesboro City Council members were groping for answers on Monday night as to how they would pay the city’s $124,000 cost-share on the proposed Coffee Street Project.

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Lighter than air...

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Monday, May 28, 2001

It has been over two months since the County Board formally received a report from its citizen Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee. But in its first scheduled discussions of the county buildings, the Board "hit th ..... 
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Bluff Country Bird Festival

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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More than 100 species counted By Nancy OvercottMonday, May 28, 2001

Imagine that a flurry of activity draws your eyes to a low branch in a maple tree. When you stop to take a closer look, you notice a bump of grayish-gree ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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Fud 4 Thot

Fri, May 25th, 2001
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