Comments being accepted on proposed fuel terminal expansion

January 10, 2019

EYOTA — Plans to build a 5-million-gallon fuel tank near Eyota are available for comment.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking public comment on the environmental review of a proposed expansion of a fuel terminal proposed by Magellan Pipeline Corp. Written comments can be submitted through 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

The MPCA is conducting a Jan. 22 public informational meeting on the proposal at the Eyota Ambulance Building, 753 Robert Ave. SW. The meeting will start with a 6 p.m. open house and will feature presentations explaining the proposal, environmental review and tank permit.

As the population in Rochester and surrounding area grows, so does the demand for gasoline, according to Magellan. The purpose of the expansion is to meet that growing demand.

Magellan is proposing to build a 5-million-gallon, above-ground gasoline storage tank and associated piping at its petroleum terminal outside Eyota. The site covers 30.7 acres at the corner of Minnesota State Highway 42 and U.S. Highway 14. In addition to the new tank, Magellan plans to install a new well, an additional truck loading bay, and a new vapor recovery unit. It would also relocate the biodiesel truck offloading station and change the traffic routes within the facility. The new well would provide water for testing tanks at the facility to make sure they are structurally sound before filling with petroleum products.

Magellan refers to the facility as the Rochester Terminal because it is only 7 miles from Rochester. The facility was built in 1966 with several additions and changes over the years. Major activities at the facility include receiving refined petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, and fuel oil) from the interstate pipeline system, and the loading and unloading of tanker trucks with refined petroleum products, ethanol, biodiesel, and fuel additives for storage and distribution throughout Southeast Minnesota. The facility stores petroleum products, ethanol, biodiesel and fuel additives in 23 aboveground storage tanks.

The project’s worksheet is available on the MPCA’s Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage. It’s also available by calling Steve Sommer of the MPCA at (651) 757-2746. Written comments may be sent by email to steve.sommer@state.mn.us or mailed to him at the MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155-4194.

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