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pdf PRRF Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
pdf Draft/Proposed Air Emission Facility Permit
pdf Draft Environmental Impact Statement (off site link)
pdf Revised Materials Separation Plan

pdf PRRF Draft Siting Analysis
powerpoint PLMSWA_Slides_DEIS Public Meeting 01-03-2013 (Microsoft Powerpoint file)
powerpoint PLMSWA_Slides_DSA Public Meeting_10-24-2012 (Microsoft Powerpoint file)
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Public Notice For Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Comment Period Begins For Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
On Perham Incinerator Expansion Project; Final EIS will be presented at the MPCA Citizens' Board Meeting
on March 26, 2013 for the Perham Resource Recovery Facility Expansion

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting comments on the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed expansion of a municipal solid waste incinerator in Perham.

The Perham Resource Recovery Facility (PRRF) 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 has proposed adding a 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 that is used by nearby businesses.

The final EIS includes comments received on the draft EIS and responses to those comments. A copy of the EIS is available on the MPCA's Environmental Assessment Worksheets and Environmental Impact Statements webpage. Comments or questions should be directed to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155 (email kevin.kain@state.mn.us; phone 651-757-2482). Comments are due to the MPCA by 4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2013.

The MPCA will present the final EIS, final comments, and responses to those comments at the MPCA Citizens' Board meeting on March 26, 2013, in St. Paul, for a ruling on the adequacy of the EIS. Anyone may appear at this meeting and address the Board. All those already on the mailing list for this project and others who request the information will be notified of the time and location of the meeting and will receive copies of the documents being presented to the Board.



pdf PRRF Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)


Public Notice For Draft/Proposed Air Emission Permit

Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Comment Period Begins For Draft/Proposed Air Emission Facility Permit
On Perham Incinerator Expansion Project; Public Meeting Planned March 25, 2013
for Perham Resource Recovery Facility Expansion

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposes to issue Air Emission Permit No. 11100036-004, to Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority for their facility located at 201 6th Avenue Northeast, Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

The proposed permit action will authorize modification and operation of the facility. This proposed permit action is a total facility operating permit re-issuance which also includes a major amendment, parameter re-openings, and administrative amendments. Hence, the draft/proposed permit has been placed on public notice. The major permit amendment is rolled into the re-issuance for the proposed expansion of the facility. The parameter re-openings are based on previous performance test conditions. The administrative amendments involve the change of ownership/operation of the facility (City of Perham to Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority). The MPCA is seeking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) concurrent review of this draft/proposed permit and the EPA 45-day review period will begin with the 45-day public review period.

The proposed expansion project will include the addition of a heat recovery boiler and associated air pollution control equipment dedicated the South Incinerator Unit (EU 001). The pollution control equipment will consist of dry lime injection, activated carbon injection, and a fabric filter. Other than being debottlenecked by the current facility expansion, the North Unit (EU 002) will remain unchanged as part of the expansion project, continuing to be associated with the existing heat recovery boiler and air pollution control equipment. After the project, both waste combustor units will be able to concurrently operate up to 100 tons per day, individually, up from the current 116 tons per day total for both units. Exhaust gases will enter the atmosphere through a new single 125-ft. tall primary stack. Exhaust gases will continue to be continuously monitored for CO, SO2, opacity, and O2. A number of operating parameters, including fabric filter inlet temperature, steam flow rate, and activated carbon feed rate parameters will also continue to be monitored continuously.

Moreover, this permit action includes the following. State-only mercury emission limits for the two existing incinerators (EU 001 and EU 002) will be added (41.0 ug/dscm). A state-only total dioxin/furan limit for the existing North Incinerator (EU 002) will be added (20.0 ng/dscm).

Upfront of the combustion process, the facility proposes to construct and operate a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). This operation will be housed with the waste combustors. The operation of the MRF will include:

- Identifying and removal of problem materials;
- Removal of recyclables, such as aluminum, ferrous metals, and cardboard; and.
- Separation and removal, from the fuel supply, undesirable waste and fines.

The MRF is designed to process all incoming waste.

The preliminary determination to issue the air emission permit is tentative. There are four formal procedures for public participation in the MPCA's consideration of the permit application. Interested persons may (1) submit written comments on the draft/proposed permit; (2) request that the MPCA hold a public information meeting; (3) request the MPCA hold a contested case hearing; and/or (4) submit a petition to the Commissioner requesting that the MPCA Citizens' Board (Board) consider the permit matter.

The decision whether to issue the permit and, if so, under what terms, will be presented to the Board for decision if: (1) the Commissioner grants the petition requesting the matter be presented to the Board; (2) an Board member requests to hear the matter prior to the time the Commissioner makes a final decision on the permit; or (3) a request for a contested case hearing is pending. Otherwise, the Commissioner will make the decision.

Persons who submit comments or petitions to the MPCA must state (1) their interest in the permit application or the draft permit; (2) the action they wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to the section of the draft permit they believe should be changed; and (3) the reasons supporting their position, stated with sufficient specificity as to allow the MPCA to investigate the merits of the position.

As for the second formal procedure, Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority has already requested the MPCA hold a public information meeting. On Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. the MPCA will hold the public information meeting. The meeting will be held in the Perham City Council Chambers, 125 2nd Avenue Northeast, Perham, Minnesota. The public information meeting will provide information, receive public input, and answer questions about the proposed permit.

As described in Minn. R. 7000.1800, persons who submit requests for a contested case hearing must also state the issues they propose to address in a contested case hearing, the specific relief requested or resolution of the matter, and the reasons (which may be in the form of proposed findings) supporting an MPCA decision to hold a contested case hearing. Failure to comply with these rules exactly may result in a denial of the request. The decision whether to hold a contested case hearing will be made under Minn. R. 7000.1900. Most public libraries throughout the state have copies of the current Minnesota Rules. They are also available on the Internet at www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us.

The public comment period commences February 22, 2013, and terminates April 8, 2013. Comments must be received in writing at the MPCA by 4:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013. Evidence of timely receipt includes a date/time stamp imprinted on the first page of the written comments by support staff, or receipt by fax.

Comments, requests, and petitions should be sent to:

Bruce Braaten, Air Quality Permits Section
Industrial Division, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
18 Wood Lake Road Southeast, Rochester, MN 55904
507-206-2607 – Voice, 507-280-5513 – Fax

A copy of the draft/proposed permit will available on the MPCA's website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/news/data/index.cfm?PN=1, or will also be mailed to any interested person upon the MPCA's receipt of a written request. Additional materials relating to the issuance of this permit are available for inspection by appointment at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155, phone 651-757- 2081, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All MPCA offices may be reached by calling 1-800-657-3864.


pdf Draft/Proposed Air Emission Facility Permit


Public Notice on Environmental Impact Statement (EIA)

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, kevin.kain@state.mn.us; 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."


pdf Public Notice on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Public Notice on DRAFT Materials Separation Plan

Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Public Notice on DRAFT Siting Analysis, Revised Materials Separation Plan
and Informational Meeting
for Perham Resource Recovery Facility Expansion

Notice Is Hereby Given, that Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority (PLMSWA) is making available for public comment a Draft Siting Analysis (DSA) in accordance with Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 60, Subpart AAAA, the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). PLMSWA is proposing to expand the Perham Resource Recovery Facility (PRRF) and add a Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

The public comment period for the DSA commences Monday, September 24, 2012, and terminates Friday, November 23, 2012. Comments must be received in writing at PLMSWA by 4:30 pm on November 23, 2012. Evidence of timely receipt includes a date/time stamp imprinted on the first page of written comments by the PLMSWA office or receipt by fax. Comments should be sent to:

Mike Hanan, Executive Director, PLMSWA
1115 North Tower Road, Fergus Falls, MN  56537
Phone: 218-998-4898; Fax: 218-998-4899

The Draft Materials Separation Plan (MSP) commenced on July 23, 2012, and terminates on September 21, 2012. A copy of the DSA and the revised MSP, with applicable comments, will be available at the following locations during the regular business hours listed below:

PLMSWA
1115 North Tower Road, Fergus Falls, MN  56537
Normal Business Hours:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

City of Perham Library
225 2nd Avenue Northeast, Perham, MN  56573
Normal Business Hours:  Monday and Wednesday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10:00am – 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

PLMSWA will hold a public meeting to discuss the DSA at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The meeting will be held at the City of Perham Council Chambers located at the following address:
125 2nd Avenue Northeast, Perham, MN  56573

The agenda of topics to be discussed at the public meeting include:

  1. Introductions and Project Background
  2. Revisions to draft MSP
  3. Summary of DSA, including impacts on ambient air quality, visibility, soils and vegetation
  4. Alternates for controlling pollution
  5. Where responses to comments on the DSA and revised MSP will be available for inspection
Open Discussion and Questions Regarding the DSA


pdf Public Notice on DRAFT Materials Separation Plan

Public Notice on DRAFT Materials Separation Plan

Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority
Public Notice on DRAFT Materials Separation Plan
and Informational Meeting on Perham Resource Recovery Facility Expansion

Notice Is Hereby Given, that Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority (PLMSWA) proposes to finalize a Draft Materials Separation Plan (MSP) in accordance with Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 60, Subpart AAAA, the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). PLMSWA operates an integrated solid waste management system that provides comprehensive solid waste services to Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena Counties. PLMSWA is proposing to expand the Perham Resource Recovery Facility (PRRF) and add a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The Draft MSP identifies the goals and approaches for separating certain components of the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in the service area prior to waste combustion at the PRRF, in order to make separated materials available for recycling.

The public comment period for the Draft MSP commences Monday, July 23, 2012, and terminates Friday, September 21, 2012. Comments must be received in writing at PLMSWA by 4:30 pm on September 21, 2012. Evidence of timely receipt includes a date/time stamp imprinted on the first page of written comments by the PLMSWA office or receipt by fax. Comments should be sent to:

Mike Hanan, Executive Director, PLMSWA
1115 North Tower Road, Fergus Falls, MN  56537
Phone: 218-998-4898; Fax: 218-998-4899

A copy of the Draft MSP will be available at the following locations during the regular business hours listed below:

PLMSWA
1115 North Tower Road, Fergus Falls, MN  56537
Normal Business Hours:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

City of Perham Library
225 2nd Avenue Northeast, Perham, MN  56573
Normal Business Hours:  Monday and Wednesday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10:00am – 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

PLMSWA will hold a public meeting to discuss the Draft MSP at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. The meeting will be held at the City of Perham Council Chambers located at the following address:
125 2nd Avenue Northeast, Perham, MN  56573

The agenda of topics to be discussed at the public meeting include:

  1. Introductions
  2. Expected size of the PLMSWA facility service area
  3. Amount of waste PLMSWA will collect in the service area
  4. Types and estimated amounts of materials proposed for separation
  5. Methods proposed for materials separation
  6. Amount of residual waste for disposal
  7. Alternate disposal methods for handling the residual waste
  8. Where responses to comments on the Draft MSP will be available for inspection
  9. Where the revised MSP will be available for inspection
  10. Open Discussion and Questions Regarding the Draft MSP

pdf Public Notice on DRAFT Materials Separation Plan
 

Public Information Meeting Notice


PERHAM RESOURCE RECOVERY FACILITY (INCINERATOR)

Counties of Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena: The Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority (PLMSWA), a newly formed Joint Powers Board made up of Becker, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena Counties, will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Monday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the City of Perham Council Chambers (125 2nd Avenue NE, Perham, Minnesota).

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public with information regarding recent and potential future changes regarding the Perham Resource Recovery (PRRF) including:

bullet Transfer of ownership of the PRRF from the City of Perham to PLMSWA
bullet Information regarding continued facility operations
bullet PLMSWA's intent to seek a permit to expand the PRRF including addition of a Material Recovery Facility and expansion of the facility's combustion capacity
pdf Solid Waste Ordinance-June 4 2012 (Final Draft)

pdf Letter from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 02-29-2012
pdf Letter from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 02-17-2012

pdf Perham Scope Slide Comments 12-2011
pdf Perham Scope Slides (PDF format) 12-2011
powerpoint Perham Scope Slide (PowerPoint format) 12-2011

pdf Public Meeting Day Correction PRRF SEAW 11-30-2011
pdf Perham RRF Scoping EAW Notice

pdf Informational Meeting 2011 - Q&A
pdf Agenda - 06/27/2011
pdf Presentation - 06/27/2011
 

 

 

 
 

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