12/27/2012 9:28:00 AM Tiller EAW request is at state to review
by DENISE MARTIN
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is currently reviewing a request from a group of citizens who want the state to order an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the North Branch Tiller company sand plant. The petition for the EAW was submitted to the MN Environmental Quality Board and the Board assigned it to the pollution control agency as the “Responsible Governing Unit” or RGU. The PCA will decide if an environmental assessment worksheet will be additionally required of Tiller, along with what the industrial sand and gravel firm has submitted. The company is in the process of applying for an air quality permit to operate the new sand plant it built on the north side of North Branch. According to PCA spokesperson Steve Gorg, the PCA gets 15 days from being assigned the request, to respond. The EAW determination announcement will be expected in early January. Gorg also said there were no requests for a contested hearing submitted to him in regards to the air quality permit. The public comment period on the air quality permit details ended two weeks ago. Gorg had 10 electronic comments submitted and three hard copy comments sent to him, he said. It is his job to write the air quality permit for Tiller and include all relevant provisions and conditions.