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Worksheet available for review on plans for asphalt storage near Granite Falls

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MARSHALL -- An environmental assessment worksheet has been completed for a proposed asphalt storage and loading facility that Duininck Brothers Inc. intends to build along a rail siding at Asbury, about four miles north of Granite Falls.

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking public comment on the project through March 25.

Duininck Brothers Inc. proposes to build a storage tank and associated equipment to load, store and unload asphalt cement. A total of four tanks could be built. The proposed initial tank would be 130 feet in diameter, 45 feet high, and would have a capacity of 3,971,000 gallons.

The 19.5-acre site is adjacent to a railroad siding, which would be used to deliver asphalt cement by rail about six times during the operating season of April through November. The asphalt cement would be kept heated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and loaded into about 10 tanker trucks daily for delivery to construction projects. A secondary containment berm would be built to hold 110 percent of the total capacity of the four tanks.

Future addition of tanks will require a modification of the facility's MPCA major facility permit. Any change in the product being stored in the tanks would require a modification of the permit, and may require additional environmental review at the time it is proposed.

The environmental assessment worksheet describes the project and its potential environmental impact in areas such as water resources, wildlife, land and water use, and air quality.

Comments should be submitted to the MPCA in writing by 4:30 p.m. March 25 to Karen Kromar, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194, or by fax to 651-297-2343.

Copies of the environmental assessment worksheet are available for review at:

- The MPCA's St. Paul office, 520 LafayetteRd. N.

- The MPCA's Web site at www.pca.state.mn.us/news/eaw/index.html

- MPCA Willmar office, 1601 U.S. Hwy. 12 E.

Copies may also be requested directly from the MPCA by calling 320-214-3786.

Questions about the project should be directed to Karen Kromar at 651-757-2508, or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864.

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