Prospect Park facility wants to handle solid waste

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The public is invited to comment on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) prepared by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) that would allow a Prospect Park transfer facility to accept municipal solid waste. SKB’s current permit allows the subsidiary of Carl Bolander and Sons Co. to handle construction and demolition waste as well as yard waste.

The company wants to accept 156,000 tons (468,000 cubic yards) of municipal solid waste per year. Under current permits the facility is can accept 318,500 cubic yards of construction and demolition waste and 40,000 tons of yard waste per year.

Under the new permit, commercial waste hauling companies and home owners could make daily deliveries of yard waste, construction and demolition debris, as well as municipal solid waste. hazardous waste including household hazardous waste.

The draft EAW, a preliminary review examining effects on the environment, is open to a 30-day public review and comment period. Anyone can submit comments on the proposed transfer facility in writing by Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m., to Susan Heffron, MPCA, Regional Division, Environmental Review and Operations Section, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul 55155-4194; or by fax to (651) 297-8676.

The MPCA will decide whether environmental effects are significant enough to trigger a more extensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EAW is online at www.pca.state.mn.us/news/eaw/index.html. A print copy is available for review at the MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., St. Paul. You can also request a printed copy from Jennie Olson of the MPCA by calling 651-297-8611. If you have questions about the project call Susan Heffron at 651-297-1766.

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