Contemplating Coal 23 Aug 11

A report on the potential environmental impact of a proposed coal-handling facility near Stewart (Mcleod County) is available for public review and comment.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the facility along Highway 212 east Stewart.

The Worksheet, which describes potential impacts on land use, water quality, and air quality is open for public review and comment through September 21st and is available online at the MPCA’s website.

The facility, proposed by Gascoyne Materials Handling and Recycling would include a rail spur, outdoor coal—unloading system, stockpile area, and a treatment system for coal-pile runoff and stormwater.

An average of 200,000 tons of coal delivered by rail would be delivered annually, with a maximum capacity of 450,000 tons.