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Project Docket

Docket No E280/TL-09-512
Project name Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission Essar Steel HVTL Project
Description NPUC proposes to construct four 230 kV transmission lines and two 230 kV substations to supply electric power to the Essar Steel Minnesota project
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Itasca County
Docket created: June 01, 2009
Status:
 
06-29-2009
Application accepted
 
07-29-2009
Public meeting
 
10-26-2009
Scoping decision
 
02-12-2010
Draft EIS available
 
04-7-2010
Public hearing
 
05-28-2010
Final EIS available
 
08-3-2010
Permit issued
 
Permit Amended
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 09-512
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DateDocumentDescription
09/02/11 Notice of Comment Period on Proposed HVTL Route Permit Amendment: Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
Minnesota Power is requesting that the HVTL route permit be amended so that the southerly five mile section (from the McCarthy Lake Substation north to County Highway 56) of Route 1 can be constructed with double-circuited towers. The Commission is providing until September 15, 2011, for interested persons to comment on the issue
08/25/11 Application for HVTL Permit Amendment: Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
Minnesota Power is requesting that the HVTL route permit be amended so that the southerly five mile section (from the McCarthy Lake Substation north to County Highway 56) of Route 1 can be constructed with double-circuited towers
08/16/10 State Register Notice: PUC Final Decision on NPUC-MP Essar Steel HVTL Route Permit | document details
At its regular meeting on July 29, 2010, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) determined that the Environmental Impact Statement and the record created at the public hearing had adequately addressed the issues identified in the Scoping Decision
08/03/10 PUC Order: Final Decision, MP and NPUC Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
In the Mailer of the Application for a HVTL Route Permit for the Essar Steel Transmission Project. The above entitled matter has been considered by the Commission and the following disposition
07/12/10 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations Concerning the Essar Steel HVTL Project
Attached are the comments and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Office of Energy Security (OES) Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff in the above stated matter
06/03/10 ALJ Report: MP-NPUC Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
Judge Eric Lipman's Summary of Testimony; Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation for the Essar Stell HVTL Project
05/19/10 FINAL Environmental Impact Statement: MP-NPUC Essar Steel 230kV HVTL Project
Final Environmental Impact Statement
05/19/10 Notice of Availability of the FINAL Environmental Impact Statement: Minnesota Power and Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce Office of Energy Security (OES) announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Essar Steel Transmission Line Project
04/01/10 Public Comments: DEIS Public Comment Meeting, March 10, 2010 | document details
A record of the public comments made at the DEIS Public Meeting at the Taconite Community Center on March 10, 2010
04/01/10 Public Comments (written) on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement | document details
Public comments on the MP-NPUC Essar Steel transmission line DEIS were accepted through March 26, 2010
03/15/10 Notice of Public Hearing: Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
A Public Hearing will be held on the proposed MP and NPUC Essar Steel HVTL project on April 7, 2010, at the Taconite Community Center. Public comments can be submitted to the Judge through 4:30 PM on April 19, 2010
02/12/10 Notice of Availability Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Meeting for the Essar Steel Transmission Line Project | document details
Office of Energy Security has released the Draft EIS for public comment. A Public Meeting will be held on the draft on March 10, 2010. A comment period will be open through 4:30 p.m. March 26, 2010
02/12/10 DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement: MP-NPUC Essar Steel 230kV HVTL Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
10/28/09 Office of Administrative Hearings: Second Prehearing Order, Scheduling Order | document details
This matter came before Administrative Law Judge Eric L. Lipman during a September 30, 2009 Prehearing Conference. The conference was held at 1:00 p.m. on that date in the Commission’s small hearing room
10/26/09 EIS Scoping Decision | document details
The above-entitled matter came before the Director of the Office of Energy Security (OES) for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be prepared on the proposed Essar Steel HVTL Project
10/21/09 Advisory Task Force Information: Essar Steel HVTL Project
As part of the Commission decision accepting the Hiawatha HVTL Route Permit application as substantially complete, the Commission authorized the Office of Energy Security (OES) to establish an advisory task force
08/17/09 Office of Administrative Hearings: Notice Pre-Hearing Conference, NPUC-MP Essar Steel HVTL Project | document details
A Pre-Hearing Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 in the Small Conference Room of the Public Utilities Commission at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the Conference is to discuss the scheduling matters referenced in Section IV (D) of the Notice and Order for Hearing and any other pending procedural issue
08/14/09 Public (Oral) Comments: July 29, 2009 Public Information/Scoping Meeting | document details
On Wednesday, July 29, 2009, the Office of Energy Security (OES) Energy Facility Permitting staff (EFP) held a public information/scoping meeting at the Taconite Community Center. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to the public about the proposed project, to answer questions, and to allow the public an opportunity to suggest alternatives and impacts that should be considered during preparation of the environmental review document
08/14/09 Written comments submitted during the EIS Scoping Period
Written comments were due no later than Friday, August 14, 2009
07/29/09 Essar Steel Draft Scoping Document | document details
The purpose of the scoping process is to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the development of the scope of the EIS by holding a public meeting and soliciting public comment
07/14/09 PUC Order on Hearing | document details
On June 23,2009, the Energy Facility Permitting Staff of the Office of Energy Security of the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed comments recommending, among other things, that the Commission refer the application to the Office of Administrative Hearings for contested case proceedings
07/02/09 Public Notice (Essar Steel HVTL Project): Notice of Public Information/Scoping Meeting, July 29, 2009 | document details
The Office of Energy Security will conduct a public information and environmental impact statement (EIS) scoping meeting in Taconite on Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission and Minnesota Power's application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for a high voltage transmission line Route Permit to construct four 230 kV transmission lines and two 230 kV substations in Itasca County. A public comment period will be open until August 14, 2009
06/29/09 PUC Order on Application Acceptance | document details
In the Matter of the Application for a HVTL Route Permit for the Essar Steel Transmission
06/17/09 OES Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
Attached are the comments and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) Office of Energy Security (OES) Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff on the NPUC/MP Essar Steel HVTL Application
06/15/09 Supplement to HVTL Application | document details
Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission (Applicant) and Minnesota Power (co-applicant) are filing the enclosed table (Route Segments Considered and Rejected) to supplement the Route Permit Application (“Application”) filed on June 1, 2009
06/01/09 Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission and Minnesota Power HVTL Route Permit Application: Essar Steel Transmission Project
Nashwauk Public Utilities Commission (Applicant) and Minnesota Power (co-applicant) hereby submit via eFiling an application for a Route Permit to construct four 230 kV transmission lines and two 230 kV substations to supply electric power to the Essar Steel Minnesota Project (the Essar Project). The Route Permit application is being filed pursuant to Minn. Stat. Ch. 216E and Minn. Rules Ch. 7849
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
03/20/14 20143-97468-01 PUC INFORMATION REQUESTS--RESPONSE TO PUC IR 1 OF DOROTHY MORRISSEY, ALLETE, INC, MINNESOTA POWER REQUEST
04/03/13 20134-85307-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING
10/08/12 201210-79313-01 PUC LETTER--TO DANIEL MCCOURTNEY RE COMPLIANCE REVIEW - ESSAR STEEL 230 KV HVTL PROJECT-ROUTE 1 COMPLIANCE FILING
10/08/12 201210-79313-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
10/05/12 201210-79285-03 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 3 OF 3
10/05/12 201210-79285-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--REVISED PART 1 OF 3
10/05/12 201210-79285-02 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 2 OF 3
10/04/12 201210-79201-01 DOC EFP OTHER--COMPLIANCE FILING REVIEW
09/27/12 20129-79005-02 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLIANCE FILING - PART 2 OF 2
09/27/12 20129-79005-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--COMPLIANCE FILING - PART 1 OF 2
12/27/11 201112-69641-01 PUC LETTER--TO JAMES B. ATKINSON - HVTL ROUTE PERMIT COMPLIANCE FILING
12/23/11 201112-69614-01 PUC LETTER--JAMESB . ATKINSON
12/16/11 201112-69375-02 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 2 OF 2
12/16/11 201112-69375-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PART 1 OF 2
11/17/11 201111-68406-05 PUC MINUTES--SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
09/30/11 20119-66798-01 PUC ORDER
09/30/11 20119-66798-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
09/16/11 20119-66426-01 DOC COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
09/16/11 20119-66422-06 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
09/02/11 20119-65960-01 DOC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON PROPOSED PERMIT AMENDMENT
08/25/11 20118-65701-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--REQUEST FOR ROUTE PERMIT AMENDMENT
02/07/11 20112-59276-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/15/10 201010-55478-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUC FINAL DECISION
09/28/10 20109-54908-09 PUC MINUTES--JULY 29, 2010 AGENDA MEETING
09/07/10 20109-54155-03 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--ST PAUL- PUC - 7-29-10
09/07/10 20109-54155-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TACONITE- AFTERNOON SESSION - 4-7-10
09/07/10 20109-54155-02 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TACONITE- EVENING SESSION - 4-7-10
08/23/10 20108-53719-10 PUC MINUTES--JULY 29, 2010 AGENDA MEETING
08/02/10 20108-53181-01 PUC ORDER
07/26/10 20107-52936-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
07/16/10 20107-52644-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JULY 29, 2010
07/14/10 20107-52546-03 DOC OES COMMENTS--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND ORDER
07/14/10 20107-52546-02 DOC OES COMMENTS--GENERAL ROUTE LOCATION MAP
07/14/10 20107-52546-06 DOC OES COMMENTS--HVTL PERMIT MAPS 8 THRU 14
07/14/10 20107-52546-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
07/14/10 20107-52546-05 DOC OES COMMENTS--HVTL PERMIT MAPS 1 THRU 7
07/14/10 20107-52546-04 DOC OES COMMENTS--PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE PERMIT
06/03/10 20106-51204-01 OAH ORDER--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATION
06/03/10 20106-51206-01 OAH OTHER--CERTIFICATE OF CONTESTED CASE RECORD
06/02/10 20106-51191-09 DOC OES OTHER--FEUIS FIG 18 NASS LAND COVER
06/02/10 20106-51191-02 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 11 PRIME FARMLAND
06/02/10 20106-51192-02 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS APPENDIX B ADVISORY TASK FORCE
06/02/10 20106-51190-05 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 4 ROUTE 3 SITE MAP
06/02/10 20106-51191-08 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 17 NWI
06/02/10 20106-51190-08 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 7 DETAILED ROUTE 1 AND 1A MAP
06/02/10 20106-51192-05 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS APPENDIX E REJECTED ROUTES
06/02/10 20106-51190-03 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 2 ROUTE 1 SITE MAP
06/02/10 20106-51190-10 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 9 DETAILED ROUTES 3 AND 3A MAP
06/02/10 20106-51192-01 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS APPENDIX A SCOPING DECISION
06/02/10 20106-51192-04 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS APPENDIX D PRELIMINARY SUBSTATION DESIGNS
06/02/10 20106-51191-10 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 19 RARE AND UNIQUE NATURAL RESOURCES
06/02/10 20106-51190-09 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 8 DETAILED ROUTES 2 AND 2A MAP
06/02/10 20106-51191-05 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 14 TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE
06/02/10 20106-51191-01 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 10 DETAILED ROUTES 4 AND 4A MAP
06/02/10 20106-51191-06 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 15 RECREATIONAL RESOURCES
06/02/10 20106-51190-04 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 3 ROUTE 2 SITE MAP
06/02/10 20106-51192-03 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS APPENDIX C EXAMPLE OF APPROVED HVTL ROUTE PERMIT
06/02/10 20106-51191-03 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 12 MINING AND FOREST RESOURCES
06/02/10 20106-51190-06 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 5 ROUTE 4 SITE MAP
06/02/10 20106-51190-07 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 6 GENERAL LOCATION MAP
06/02/10 20106-51191-04 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 13 ZONING
06/02/10 20106-51190-01 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS - TEXT AND TABLES
06/02/10 20106-51190-02 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 1 SITE MAP
06/02/10 20106-51191-07 DOC OES OTHER--FEIS FIG 16 WATER RESOURCES
05/27/10 20105-50929-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF AVAILABILITY - FINAL EIS
04/22/10 20104-49486-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
04/16/10 20104-49254-02 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER BRIEF--SUBMIT BRIEF
04/16/10 20104-49254-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER BRIEF--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
04/09/10 20104-48969-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--HEARING REGISTERS FROM 4-7-2010 PUBLIC HEARINGS
04/09/10 20104-48969-03 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC COMMENT 2
04/09/10 20104-48983-01 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--MASTER EXHIBIT LIST
04/09/10 20104-48969-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC COMMENT 1
04/09/10 20104-48969-04 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--PUBLIC COMMENT 3
04/07/10 20104-48893-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING
03/26/10 20103-48616-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--WRITTEN BUNDLED COMMENTS ON DEIS
03/25/10 20103-48366-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER COMMENTS--APPLICANTS SUBMIT COMMENTS ON DRAFT EIS
03/19/10 20103-48186-01 DOC OES EFP LETTER--TO JUDGE LIPMAN
03/16/10 20103-48071-01 MINNESOTA POWER TESTIMONY--APPLICANTS SUBMIT CORRECTED DIRECT TESTIMONY & SCHEDULES OF ROBERT E LINDHOLM
03/12/10 20103-47961-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
03/10/10 20103-48613-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--ORAL PUBLIC COMMENTS TAKEN DURING DEIS MTG
03/08/10 20103-48617-01 DOC OES OTHER--EQB MONITOR NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING
03/01/10 20103-47543-02 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER TESTIMONY--NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES & MINNESOTA POWER SUBMIT DIRECT TESTIMONY OF ROBERT LINDHOLM
03/01/10 20103-47543-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER TESTIMONY--NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES & MINNESOTA POWER SUBMIT DIRECT TESTIMONY OF BRYAN ADAMS
03/01/10 20103-47543-04 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER TESTIMONY--NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES & MINNESOTA POWER SUBMIT DIRECT TESTIMONY OF DAVID VANHOUSE
03/01/10 20103-47543-03 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER TESTIMONY--DIRECT - COVER
02/22/10 20103-48612-01 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS TEXT AND TABLES
02/22/10 20103-48612-04 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 7-8
02/22/10 20103-48612-09 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS APPENDICES A-C
02/22/10 20103-48612-02 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 1-3
02/22/10 20103-48612-10 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS APPENDICES D-E
02/22/10 20103-48612-03 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 4-6
02/22/10 20103-48612-05 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 9-11
02/22/10 20103-48606-01 DOC OES OTHER--EQB MONITOR NOTICE DEIS 2-22-2010
02/22/10 20103-48612-06 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 12-14
02/22/10 20103-48612-08 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 17-19
02/22/10 20103-48612-07 DOC OES OTHER--DEIS FIGURES 15-16
02/12/10 20102-47005-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC MEETING
11/12/09 200911-43929-01 DOC OES OTHER--SCOPING DECISION
10/29/09 200910-43342-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--PREHEARING CONFERENCE ON 9/30/09 ST PAUL 1:00 PM
10/28/09 200910-43290-01 OAH ORDER--SECOND PREHEARING ORDER
10/20/09 20103-48604-01 DOC OES OTHER--SUMMARY OF ADVISORY TASK FORCE WORK
10/08/09 200910-42623-01 DOC NOTICE OF APPEARANCE--Karen Hammel - add name to service list & email service list
08/14/09 20103-48603-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--WRITTEN BUNDLED COMMENTS ON SCOPE
08/14/09 20098-40808-01 OVERLAND COMMENTS--EIS SCOPING COMMENTS
08/14/09 20098-40806-01 OVERLAND COMMENTS--EIS SCOPING COMMENTS
08/12/09 20098-40685-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING NOTICE
08/05/09 20098-40474-01 OAH ORDER--SCHEDULING ORDER
07/29/09 20097-40266-08 PUC MINUTES--JUNE 25, 2009 AGENDA MEETING
07/29/09 20103-48602-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--PUBLIC COMMENTS 7-29-2009
07/27/09 20097-40163-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER NOTICE OF APPEARANCE--NAUSHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER SUBMIT NOTICE OF APPEARANCE
07/14/09 20097-39633-01 PUC ORDER--NOTICE AND ORDER FOR HEARING
07/07/09 20097-39386-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--MINNESOTA POWER'S COMPLIANCE FILING - ROUTE PERMIT NOTICE
07/02/09 20097-39315-01 DOC OES NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
06/29/09 20096-39001-01 PUC ORDER
06/23/09 20096-38803-01 DOC OES COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
06/15/09 20096-38521-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--NASHWAUK AND MINNESOTA POWER SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
06/12/09 20096-38469-11 PUC NOTICE--COMMISSION MEETING JUNE 25, 2009
06/12/09 20096-38469-13 PUC NOTICE--COMMISSION MEETING JUNE 25, 2009
06/01/09 20096-38035-01 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 6
06/01/09 20096-38035-02 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 3
06/01/09 20096-38035-03 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 4
06/01/09 20096-38035-05 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 2
06/01/09 20096-38035-06 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 5
06/01/09 20096-38035-04 NASHWAUK PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION AND MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 1