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Heartland gets air permit


Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

In a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizen’s Board approved an air permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC to operate a tire-burning plant in Preston. The board also decided that a contested case hearing, an arbitration hearing before an administrative law judge, was not necessary.

The Heartland plant will consume an estimated 10,000,000 tires annually, converting the tire-derived fuel into electricity which will be sold on the grid. The plant will be capable of generating 20 MW of electricity annually.

The Citizen’s Board granted first stage permitting, which allows for the construction and operation of the facility. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has 45 days to review the permit before final permitting can take place.

The MPCA received 52 letters of comment, both in support and opposition to the project. There were also four requests for a contested case hearing.

In their report to the Citizen’s Board, MPCA staff state that they have “responded to each of the issues raised by those who oppose the project...and concluded that the proposed permit conditions were adequate to protect human health and the environment.”

A bus load of area citizens attended the Citizen’s Board meeting to testify against the air permit.

The only remaining obstacle facing Heartland is a lawsuit filed by the Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) against the MPCA, challenging their decision not to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the plant. The group argues that the impact the tire-burning plant will have in terms of air and water pollution, health problems, property values and the tourism economy have not been fully assessed.

Heartland, which is working with a Dallas, Texas firm to prepare taxable revenue bonds for sale to investors, has intervened in the lawsuit on the side of the MPCA.




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Courthouse construction on schedule

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

“The project is holding to schedule,” Dave Johnson, the courthouse construction supervisor, told the County Board at Tuesday’s meeting. Johnson said steel work would start within the next week. Johnson said he was pleased with the progress to date. H ..... 
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Lanesboro Council considers Administrative Citation Ordinance

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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At their July 21st meeting, the Lanesboro City Council discussed the proposed administrative citation ordinance. Posing the philosophical question, "Is the purpose to increase public safety or to bring in more dollars?" Councilman Joe O’Connor presen ..... 
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New recreational facility will need Preston City funds

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday for about three hours with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Mike Gartner, and Heath Mensink in attendance. Jerry Scheevel is recovering from heart surgery and Mike McGarvey was also absent.

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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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Davids: “We did some good things for rural Minnesota”

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimson’s interview with Representative Davids:
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