MPCA cancels all in-person, public meetings for Line 3
Submit comments online: http://401wqc.mpca.commentinput.com/
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:
- Air quality permit
- 401 water quality certification
- Construction stormwater permit
- Industrial wastewater permit
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.
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- 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 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.