The city of Scandia, MN released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Zavoral gravel mine proposal earlier this month.
The mine, which if approved would be located on a bluff on the edge of the St. Croix River, has been the focus of intense opposition from neighbors and other community members. A post on St. Croix 360 by Laurie Allmann in April described the risks to the river and the community, as well as to the special character and valuable natural resources of the proposed mine site.
The Final EIS largely serves to respond to comments on the Draft EIS from citizens, interested organizations, and public agencies. Concerns voiced in comments on the Draft EIS included significant truck traffic, potential for containment berms to fail (as occurred in April at a sand mine in Grantsburg, WI owned by the same company), and harm to local businesses. The responses to the comments largely acknowledge that the mine will have negative impacts, but those effects will fall below the standards for “significant.”
Last chances for public participation
The documents are available for review on the city’s website. Comments on the Final EIS will be accepted through 4 p.m., September 10. A special city council meeting will be held September 25 to judge the adequacy of the EIS.
All comments must be submitted in writing to Anne Hurlburt, City Administrator, 14727 209th Street North, Scandia, Minnesota, Phone 651-433-2274, Fax 651-433-5112, firstname.lastname@example.org.