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State considers BNSF wastewater discharge permit

WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking public comments on the agency's proposal to reissue a national pollutant discharge elimination system permit to BNSF Railway's railroad yard stormwater and wastewater ponds in Willmar.

WILLMAR –– The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking public comments on the agency’s proposal to reissue a national pollutant discharge elimination system permit to BNSF Railway’s railroad yard stormwater and wastewater ponds in Willmar.
The BNSF Railway yard is located between Pacific Avenue Southwest on the south and Gorton Avenue Northwest on the north and lies between First Street South and Seventh Street Southwest. The facility is located at 400 Pacific Ave. S.W.
The ponds are located on the north side of the rail yard. BNSF’s contaminated stormwater (industrial wastewater) is discharged to the wastewater ponds and then sent to the sanitary sewer.
In case of emergencies where the city can’t accept BNSF’s contaminated stormwater, BNSF can route the discharge to Foot Lake and Willmar Lake after pre-sampling.
The MPCA is proposing to reissue the permit for a term of about five years.
The proposed permit is available for review at the MPCA office at 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, at the Willmar regional office and at www.pca.state.mn.us/news/data/index.cfm?PN=1 .

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