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Granite Falls, Minn., Council considers future setback requirements for hot mix operation

GRANITE FALLS -- Concerns from residents about odors and emissions from a seasonal hot mix operation at the Martin Marietta Aggregates quarry has City Council members considering setback requirements for the future.

Council members took up discussion on the matter at their meeting on Monday, said City Manager Bill Lavin.

He said citizens on the west side of Granite Falls have been raising concerns about the odors and emissions associated with the hot mix operation in the quarry, which is adjacent to a residential area.

The operation is located in an area zoned for industrial use, and the city has no authority to place a setback restriction on its current operations.

The city is exploring whether it could develop a setback restriction that could take effect next year, he said.

Granite Falls is currently looking at an ordinance in Cloquet that requires hot mix plants to be located at least 2,600 feet from residential areas.

The city and citizens have also contacted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, but have been told the state agency does not regulate odors, Lavin said.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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