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MPCA: “This facility is not a significant health risk”


Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features

“This seems like a show,” Bonita Underbakke said near the end of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) public information meeting in Preston on Tuesday . “Does what these people say have anything to do with whether they will have a tire burning plant or not?”

Underbakke was of the opinion that any comments the public of Preston had about the Heartland tire plant would make little difference in whether the MPCA would issue the tire plant an air emission permit.

Underbakke was one of 17 people to make comments or ask questions at the meeting held at the Preston United Methodist Church to discuss the draft air emission permit being proposed for Heartland Energy & Recycling LLC. Heartland plans to construct and operate a 20 MW energy plant that will convert tire-derived fuel into electricity.

At the beginning of the meeting, MPCA staff made a short presentation about the facility, the kinds of pollutants that will be generated and how those emissions will be monitored.

“Given the pollution control equipment, this is a comparatively clean plant,” Jenny Reinertsen, an MPCA staff engineer told the audience. Reinertsen is the principle author of the draft air permit being considered for Heartland.

Following Reinertsen was Greg Burger, an engineer who handles enforcement in eight counties of southeast Minnesota for the MPCA.

Berger said that Heartland is required to conduct ongoing testing of its pollution control equipment, monitor emissions and report regularly to the MPCA. He said that he would carry out an unannounced site inspection of the plant at least once every two years.

When this latter point generated some disbelief from the audience, Reinertsen said that one of the comments people may want to make to the MPCA would be that inspections be carried out more frequently than once every two years.

After the meeting, responding to a Journal question, Mike Tibbits, MPCA Section Manager, said it was unlikely that the inspection frequency would be increased on Heartland because he only had five inspectors to cover 500 plants in the entire state.

“This plant will have to conduct regular tests and keep ongoing records,” Tibbits said, downplaying the need for increased inspections. “If they are not in compliance our engineer will know about it.”

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Rushford City Police will patrol Peterson

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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At the request of Peterson Mayor Dick Lee and the Peterson City Council, the Rushford City Council voted Monday night, May 12th, to have the Rushford Police Department patrol Peterson streets five hours per week. The money paid by Peterson for the se ..... 
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Wastewater Plant project moves forward

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer li ..... 
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Friends of Forestville ready to do whatever it takes to save site

Fri, May 16th, 2003
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"I love coming to Forestville and its celebrations. There’s kids in the metro area that can still take Spanish, and my school is faced with possibly losing its ag program. Now you want to close Forestville, that’s not fair,"   [Read the Rest]

Wykoff residents recall killer tornado of fifty years ago

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Don Jeche, his dad, Otto, and his six year old nephew Dennis Boetcher were milking cows early on the afternoon of May 12, 1953. It was Mother’s Day and the family was looking forward to sitting down for a special supper as soon as the chores were don ..... 
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Area communities ready for Syttende Mai

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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In Norway, the 17th of May is a little like America’s 4th of July. Known as Syttende Mai, this is the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814.

Syttende Mai is celebrated locally amongst Norwegian-American communities, and s ..... 
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Commissioners meet with Olmsted counterparts to discuss collaboration

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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As the county board made their way through the morning’s agenda on Tuesday, there were deep vibrations overhead as construction started on the long awaited courthouse remodeling/ addition project.

"They’re starting," laughed Co ..... 
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Preston City Council: Issue of special assessment unresolved

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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The Preston City Council met Monday, May 5 lacking one member, Mike Gartner. Mayor Pechulis asked for a moment of silence to wish Mr. Gartner well, as he was admitted to the hospital late last week.

Joe Palen, an engineer from ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council refuses to consider closing alley

Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Tempers flared as the Lanesboro City Council heard from developer Dan Anderson, Bethlehem Church Council President Eric Ruen, and Warren Kramer of Northcountry Cooperative Development on Monday, May 5.

Kramer first spoke to the ..... 
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