Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Comment Period: StopLine3


MPCA cancels all in-person, public meetings for Line 3

Using the COVID-19 guidance developed by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has canceled all in-person, public events for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 replacement project.
This includes the open houses and public forums in Bemidji (March 17), Grand Rapids (March 18) and Mahnomen (April 1).
The MPCA is currently reviewing additional options to solicit public comments and share information.
Public comment is open online for Line 3 replacement project
Public comment period now open
The public notice period for 401 water quality certification is now open. The public notice, draft 401 Water Quality Certification, and preliminary antidegradation determination can be viewed above or on the MPCA’s public notice webpage. To be part of the official record, comments must be in writing and received by 4:30 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Submit comments online: http://401wqc.mpca.commentinput.com/

Submit comments by mail:
Enbridge Line 3 Public Comments
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces revised Enbridge Line 3 replacement permit schedule


Have your voices heard to StopLine3 and Protector Our Water. The MN PUC made their rouge decision to not uphold the people's will opposing Line 3 but the process is not over. Get involved, and have your voices heard.

Public engagement is for the 401 water quality certification and wastewater permit.

During the comment period, the MPCA will hold two meetings where the public is invited to attend and learn more about the project, as well as give feedback on the draft documents that will be part of the official record. The public comment meetings are scheduled for March 17, 2020, in Bemidji at the Sanford Center and March 18, 2020, in Grand Rapids at the Timberlake Lodge.

Enbridge will need multiple approvals from state agencies, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, in order to proceed. The MPCA's role is to protect water, land and air, which it does, in part, through the environmental permitting process. For the proposed Enbridge Line 3 project, the MPCA’s role involves the following:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set August 15, 2020, as the deadline for MPCA's decision on the 401 certification.

The agency will release additional details on the meetings closer to the public comment period.

For more information on the Line 3 replacement project and schedule, as well as sign up for project updates, visit the MPCA's Line 3 webpage.

MCPA Contact

651-757-2900 | [email protected]

The Sanford Center: 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, MN 56601
Timberlake Lodge: 144 SE 17th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Public NoticeUS Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity.Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal.
To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.
Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
Comments regarding the changes described in this public notice may be sent to:
  • Written comments may be emailed to: [email protected]
  • Written comments may be mailed to: St. Paul District Corps of Engineers, CEMVP-OP-R 180 Fifth Street East, Suite 700 Saint Paul, MN 55101 1678.

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Enbridge has also submitted detailed proposals for compensatory wetland mitigation and post-construction wetland and waterbody monitoring. Complete versions of each proposal are available for public review and comment at: www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Enbridge_Line3. These proposals were developed after the December 2018 Public Notice in response to direction provided to Enbridge by the Corps and state resource agencies after interagency consultation and coordination. The Compensatory Wetland Mitigation Plan (Wetland Mitigation Plan) proposes to use mitigation bank credits under a watershed approach to compensate for unavoidable permanent fill that changes a wetland to a non-wetland, permanent wetland type conversions of forested and scrub-shrub wetlands, and temporal loss of wetlands during construction.  Wetlands temporarily impacted during construction would be restored to pre-construction conditions. The Wetland Mitigation Plan includes categories of normal and “special” wetlands developed by the Corps and state resource agencies, and proposes differentiated baseline compensatory mitigation ratios, and mitigation ratio multipliers for replacement out of Bank Service Area and for replacement out of kind.

Enbridge developed the Post-Construction Wetland and Waterbody Monitoring Plan (Monitoring Plan) after the December 2018 Public Notice based on a similar interagency review and input process.  The purpose of the Monitoring Plan is to establish the monitoring procedures and performance standards that will be used to determine that the wetlands and waterbodies affected by the Project will be restored to pre-construction conditions. It addresses pre-construction data collected to establish baseline conditions; procedures required to monitor hydrology and vegetation during specified time periods following completion of Project construction; performance standards; and the content of required monitoring reports, including, but not limited to monitoring result findings and recommendations for appropriate steps to address deviations from baseline conditions, such as additional monitoring, corrective actions or adaptive management.

Revisions to the December 2018 Public Notice include the following updated Tables and Maps:

  • L3R Waterbody Crossing Table
  • L3R Wetland Impact Table – Mainline Crossings
  • L3R Wetland Impact Table – Access Road / Haul Route Crossings
  • Detailed Route Maps

Revisions to the December 2018 Public Notice include the following Plans:

  • Environmental Protection Plan
  • Compensatory Wetland Mitigation Plan
  • Post-Construction Wetland and Waterbody Monitoring Plan
  • Unanticipated Discoveries Plan
  • Winter Construction Plan
  • Blasting Plan

The permit application, full public notice, and the updated Tables, Maps, and Plans described above can be found at: www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Enbridge_Line3.


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