Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Comment Period Begins For Draft Environmental Impact Statement
On Perham Incinerator Expansion Project; Public Meeting Planned January 3, 2013
for Perham Resource Recovery Facility Expansion

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is accepting comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed expansion of the municipal solid waste incinerator located in that city. The comment period is open through Jan. 16, 2013. A public meeting on the draft EIS will be held Jan. 3, 2013, from 6:30-8:30 P.M. in the Perham City Hall, 125 2nd Ave. N.E.

Comments or questions on the draft EIS should be directed to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155, or by email,; phone 651-757-2482.

The Perham Resource Recovery Facility is operated by the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority through a joint powers agreement between Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The Authority is proposing to add an additional waste heat boiler, additional air pollution control equipment and a material recovery facility. The expansion would increase the municipal solid waste processing capacity of the facility from 116 to 200 tons per day. The facility generates steam used by businesses located nearby.

The Draft EIS contains an air quality and human health risk assessment that was conducted to evaluate impacts from the proposed expansion of the PRRF, an evaluation of noise and traffic impacts, and an evaluation of economic and social impacts.

The Waste Authority voluntarily proposed to develop an EIS for this project. The purpose of an EIS is to evaluate and disclose information about the significant environmental effects of a proposed project. It is not intended to justify a project; rather, the information in the EIS will be used by the MPCA as a guide in issuing or denying permits or approvals for the project and in identifying measures necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse environmental effects.

A copy of the draft EIS is available on the MPCA website. Search on the phrase "MPCA Perham resource recovery impact statement."

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