Public Comment Form

Commenting open: November 17, 2022 12:00AM CT - January 17, 2023 11:59PM CT.

Waseca Wastewater Treatment Facility - Wastewater Permit

We invite you to comment on the draft wastewater permit for the City of Waseca's wastewater treatment plant.

The city of Waseca is renewing the permit for its wastewater treatment facility which discharges to an unnamed ditch that flows to the Le Sueur River. The facility is designed to treat an average wet weather flow of 3.5 million gallons per day. As part of the permit, the city has also applied for a variance from the total chloride water quality standard. A variance is granted when meeting the standard is not feasible, and there is currently no feasible way to remove chloride from wastewater. The facility has satisfied the necessary conditions, and the MPCA will recommend that the EPA grant the variance after the public has provided input.

The public will have an opportunity to learn more and ask the MPCA questions about the requested variance at an online public meeting on January 9 from 6-7 pm.

Water quality permits - or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits - establish specific limits and requirements to protect Minnesota's surface and groundwater quality. Permits are regularly reviewed and updated as they expire, allowing the MPCA to incorporate new information about the impacts of pollutants on the environment in future permits. Permits are enforced through a combination of self-reporting and compliance monitoring. 


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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Nancy Heskett
7381 Airport View Drive Southwest
Rochester, MN 55902

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