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Public Notice: EPA's Proposal to Approve the Blandin/Allette MN Power Non-Waste Petition

Publish Date: 03/11/2019

Summary

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve the Blandin/Allete MN Power petition requesting a non-waste determination regarding the paper roll fiber cores to burn as fuel at its Rapid Energy Center in Grand Rapids, Minn. Under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Material Rule, or NHSM, Blandin/Allete must meet the three legitimacies and five factors required in federal law. The paper roll fiber cores are used in the papermaking process and are the cylinders upon which the paper is wound-up as the final paper roll product is being made.

Background

For this petition, the NHSM consists of butt ends, fiber core dust compressed into plugs, and whole fiber cores from defective rolls. The manufacturers of paper roll fiber cores ship the cores to Blandin, which is the generator of the of the fiber core materials for the purposes of Blandin’s non-waste determination petition. The NHSM is then transferred from the generator to Allete/Minnesota Power for use. 

Petition

Blandin/Allete MN Power petition requesting a non-waste determination regarding the paper roll fiber cores to burn as fuel at its Rapid Energy Center in Grand Rapids, Minn. Under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Material (NHSM)  Rule, or Blandin/Allete must meet the three legitimacy criteria and five factors required in federal law.

The three legitimacy criteria are:

  1.  The NHSM is managed as a valuable commodity;
  2. The NHSM has a meaningful heating value and used as a fuel in a combustion unit that recovers energy; and
  3. The NHSM must contain contaminants at levels comparable to traditional fuels.

 The five factors identified in the rule are as follows:

  1. Market participants treat NHSM as a product, not a waste;
  2. Chemical and physical identity of the NHSM is comparable to commercial  fuels;
  3. The NHSM is used in a reasonable timeframe
  4. Constituents in the NHSM are released to air, water, and land point of generation up until      combustion at levels comparable to traditional fuels; and
  5. other relevant factors.

Tentative decision

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve the Blandin/Allete MN Power petition requesting a non-waste determination regarding the paper roll fiber cores to burn as fuel at its Rapid Energy Center in Grand Rapids, Minn. Before EPA makes a final decision on Blandin/Allete MN Power’s non-waste petition, the Agency will hold a 30-day comment period from March 11, to April. 11, 2019. EPA will consider reasonable requests to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Applicant or Respondent

Blandin/Allete MN Power
Rapid Energy Center
Grand Rapids, MN

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