Public Comment Form

Commenting open: November 21, 2022 12:00AM CT - December 21, 2022 11:59PM CT.

Epitome Energy LLC - Air Permit


We invite you to comment on the draft air quality permit for the proposed Epitome Energy LLC in Crookston.


Epitome Energy proposes to build a 42-million-bushel soybean processing facility. The primary emissions from the processing of soybeans include volatile organic compounds, n-hexane, and particulate matter that in excessive amounts can cause respiratory and circulatory health impacts. Combustion also accounts for the emission of greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.


In October 2022, the MPCA completed an environmental review that studied the potential impacts on local geology, soils, groundwater, surface water, and other potential environmental impacts. In the draft EAW, the MPCA found the project has minimal impact on groundwater and surface water.


An air quality operating permit is required for certain existing facilities or the construction of new facilities that have the potential to emit a significant level of any regulated pollutant. The permit includes all requirements for operation and procedures, applicable rules, emission standards, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting. If additional conditions change and modifications are necessary, the MPCA may review and amend the permit.


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Thank you for providing feedback on this project. We value your comments and will use them to assess this project further.


In your comments, please state your interest in the permit application or the draft permit; the explicit actions you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to the section of the draft permit you believe should be changed; and the reasons supporting your position, stated with sufficient specificity as to allow the MPCA to investigate the merits of the position.


If you want to submit a letter, you can upload the letter on this website or submit it via US Mail to the following address:


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Tarik Hanafy
520 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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