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Project Docket

Docket No 12-1123
Project name Minnesota Power Line 39 Relocation HVTL Project
Applicant Minnesota Power
Description Minnesota Power proposes to construct a new, approximately 2.8-mile-long 115 kV HVTL from MP's existing 39 line in the city of Eveleth to MP's existing 37 line northwest of the city of Leonidas
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location St. Louis County
Docket created: November 05, 2012
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Tracy Smetana, 651-296-0406, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
01-16-2013
Application accepted
 
02-25-2013
Public meeting
 
04-17-2013
Scoping decision
 
07-19-2013
Environmental document available
 
09-4-2013
Public hearing
 
01-13-2014
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
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Project Summary

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
01/13/14 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: Minnesota Power MP 39 Line Relocation Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Minnesota Power, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and the official maps of the route
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
01/13/14 PUC HVTL Route Permit Final Decision: Minnesota Power MP 39 Line Relocation Project | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting a Route Permit to Minnesota Power, including a description of the route and other conditions of the permit and the official maps of the route
11/15/13 Administrative Law Judge's Rport: MP 39 Line Relocation Project | document details
This matter was assigned to Administrative Law Judge Jeanne M. Cochran to conduct a public hearing and prepare Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation on the application by Minnesota Power for a Route Permit for its 39 Line 115 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line project in St. Louis County, Minnesota
08/20/13 Public Notice: Public Hearing to be held on September 4, 2013, 6:00 pm at the Leonidas Community Center | document details
Public notice that a hearing will be held on Minnesota Power's Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit for the relocation of a 115 kV transmission line in St. Louis County
07/19/13 Public Notice - Release of Environmnetal Assessment for the Proposed MP 39 Line Relocation Project | document details
The Environmental Assessment is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the transmission line project (and selected alternative routes) and methods to mitigate such impacts. Applications for high voltage transmission line route permits under the alternative permitting process require a public hearing upon completion of the EA pursuant to Minn. R. 7850.3800. A portion of the hearing must be held in a county where the proposed project would be located
07/19/13 Environmental Assessment - MP 39 Line Relocation Project
The Environmental Assessment is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the transmission line project (and selected alternative routes) and methods to mitigate such impacts.
04/17/13 Scoping Decision: Minnesota Power's proposed MP 39 Line Relocation Project | document details
The above matter came before the Deputy Commission, Department of Commerce (Department) for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be prepared for the Minnesota Power application for a Route Permit to construct the proposed MP 39 Line Relocation HVTL Project
03/11/13 Public Comments on the Scope of the Environmental Review Document
The EFP held a Public Information/Scoping meeting on the MP 39 Line Relocation project on February 25, 2013; the comment period allowing the public to submit comments on the scope of the EA was open until March 11, 2013. The following comments were received
02/05/13 MP 39 Line Draft Scoping Document | document details
This draft scoping document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document. The Scoping Decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the Department of Commerce (DOC) has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
02/04/13 Notice: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, MP 39 Line HVTL Project | document details
he PUC and DOC EFP will conduct public information and environmental review scoping meetings on February 25, 2013, at the Leonidas Community Center. Comments will be accepted until March 11, 2013
01/16/13 PUC Order Route Permit Application Completeness - MP 39 Line Relocation | document details
On January 16, 2013, the Commission accepted the RP application submitted by Minnesota Power for the MP 39 Line Relocation HVTL project
12/31/12 Notice of Commission meeting on Minnesota Power's MP 39 Line HVTL Route Permit Application | document details
On Tuesday January 8, 2013, at 9:30 am the Commission will consider whether it should accept the MP 39 Line HVTL Route Permit Application as complete.
12/31/12 PUC Staff Briefing Paper - Minnesota Power Line 39 Relocation | document details
Briefing paper on application acceptance in the Matter of the Application of Minnesota Power for a HVTL Route Permit for the Relocation of MP Line 39
12/19/12 EFP Staff Comments and Recommendations - Minnesota Power MP Line 39 Relocation Project | document details
EFP recommends the Commission accept the Application as complete, determine that an advisory task force is not warranted at this time, and takes no position on the public advisor
12/12/12 Notice of Comment Period on the HVTL Application Completeness - Minnesota Power Line 39 Relocation | document details
The Commission is soliciting comments on whether the application contains the contents required by Minnesota Rule 7850.3100 and whether there are any contested issues of fact with respect to the representations made in the application. Initial comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012. Reply comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012
11/26/12 Minnesota Power Application for a HVTL Route Permit Relocation of MP Line 39 Project
The Application details the Applicant’s proposed location of the 39 Line Relocation Project, located in St. Louis County
10/10/12 Notification of Intent to File a Route Permit Application Pursuant to the Alternative Permitting Process | document details
In accordance with Minnesota Rule 7850.2800, subpart 2, Minnesota Power notified the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission of its intent to submit an application for a route permit for the MP 39 Transmission Line following the alternative permitting procedures in Minnesota Rules 7850.2800 to 7850.3900
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
06/13/14 20146-100427-01 PUC COMPLIANCE REVIEW--TO DANIEL MCCOURTNEY
06/13/14 20146-100427-02 PUC COMPLIANCE REVIEW--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
06/12/14 20146-100363-01 DOC EERA COMMENTS--REVISED COMPLIANCE REVIEW - COVER LETTER INCLUDED
06/12/14 20146-100354-01 DOC EERA COMPLIANCE REVIEW
06/10/14 20146-100295-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--MAY 2014 STATUS AND COMPLAINT REPORT
06/10/14 20146-100304-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--ROUTE PERMIT
05/15/14 20145-99498-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--NOTICE OF 39 LINE ENERGIZATION
05/01/14 20145-99092-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--APRIL 2014 STATUS AND COMPLAINT REPORT
04/02/14 20144-97885-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--MARCH 2014 STATUS AND COMPLAINT REPORT
04/01/14 20144-97845-01 PUC OTHER--PROOF OF PUBLIC NOTICE OF ROUTE PERMIT ISSUANCE EQB MONITOR NOTICE FEB 17, 2014 PAGE 5
03/07/14 20143-97129-02 PUC MINUTES--DECEMBER 13, 2013 AGENDA
03/03/14 20143-96987-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--FEBRUARY 2014 STATUS AND COMPLAINT REPORT
02/03/14 20142-96141-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--JAN 2014 STATUS AND COMPLAINT REPORT
01/21/14 20141-95657-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/21/14 20141-95657-01 PUC NOTICE--OF ROUTE PERMIT AVAILABILITY
01/16/14 20141-95539-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/16/14 20141-95539-01 PUC LETTER--TO DANIEL MCCOURTNEY - REVIEW OF COMPLIANCE FILINGS
01/15/14 20141-95462-01 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE - LETTER AND ATTACHMENT 1 - PART 1 OF 2
01/15/14 20141-95462-02 MINNESOTA POWER COMPLIANCE FILING--PLAN AND PROFILE - ATTACHMENTS 2 TO 4 - PART 2 OF 2
01/15/14 20141-95506-01 DOC EERA COMPLIANCE REVIEW
01/13/14 20141-95382-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER ISSUING ROUTE PERMIT
01/13/14 20141-95382-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/17/13 201312-94674-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--DECEMBER 19, 2013 AGENDA
12/12/13 201312-94528-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--DECEMBER 19, 2013 AGENDA
12/09/13 201312-94447-10 PUC NOTICE--COURTESY COPY-NOTICE ON POWER PLANT SITING
12/06/13 201312-94379-22 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/06/13 201312-94379-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--DECEMBER 19, 2013
11/22/13 201311-94002-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--EXCEPTIONS
11/15/13 201311-93764-01 OAH REPORT--FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW & RECOMMENDATION
10/18/13 201310-92685-01 DOC EERA REPLY BRIEF
10/04/13 201310-92131-01 MINNESOTA POWER ORDER--PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT
10/03/13 201310-92105-01 DOC EFP BRIEF--LETTER
09/20/13 20139-91532-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT
09/19/13 20139-91453-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT PUBLIC HEARING - SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 AT 6:00 P.M. EVELETH MN
09/19/13 20139-91452-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT JULY 26, 2013 9:30 A.M. ST. PAUL, MN
09/18/13 20139-91437-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--3 OF 6
09/18/13 20139-91437-04 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--4 OF 6
09/18/13 20139-91437-05 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--5 OF 6
09/18/13 20139-91437-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--1 OF 6
09/18/13 20139-91437-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--2 OF 6
09/18/13 20139-91437-06 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS--6 OF 6
09/13/13 20139-91252-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--EFP PUBLIC HEARING COMMENTS.PDF
08/27/13 20138-90605-02 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVIT OF MAILING FOR PUBLIC HEARING
08/27/13 20138-90618-01 PUC OTHER--PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE LGU CERTIFIED LGU MAIL CONFIRMATIONS
08/27/13 20138-90616-01 PUC OTHER--DOC NOTICE OF EA AVAILABILITY - EQB MONITOR PROOF OF PUBLICATION
08/27/13 20138-90605-01 MINNESOTA POWER AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION--AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION FOR PUBLIC HEARING
08/19/13 20138-90402-01 PUC NOTICE--REVISED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
08/19/13 20138-90402-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/19/13 20138-90400-01 PUC LETTER--TO STATE AGENCY TECHNICAL REPRESENTATIVES
08/19/13 20138-90400-02 PUC LETTER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/16/13 20138-90357-01 DOC EFP OTHER--EFP DRAFT SCOPING DECISION
08/12/13 20138-90204-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/12/13 20138-90204-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC HEARING
08/12/13 20138-90210-01 PUC NOTICE--EXTRA SERVICE LISTS FOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
07/30/13 20137-89668-01 OAH ORDER--FIRST PREHEARING ORDER
07/29/13 20137-89611-01 MINNESOTA POWER NOTICE OF APPEARANCE
07/19/13 20137-89342-01 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 10 - CUTURAL DATA MAP
07/19/13 20137-89341-06 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 5 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP-3
07/19/13 20137-89341-01 DOC EFP OTHER--ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - COVER TEXT AND TABLES
07/19/13 20137-89341-05 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 4 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP-2
07/19/13 20137-89304-01 OAH NOTICE--NOTICE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE
07/19/13 20137-89341-04 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 3 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP-1
07/19/13 20137-89341-08 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 7 - EXISTING 39 LINE - TO BE REMOVED
07/19/13 20137-89342-04 DOC EFP OTHER--APPENDIX A - SCOPING DECISION
07/19/13 20137-89342-03 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 12 - RARE AND UNIQUE NATURAL RESOURCE MAP - GENERALIZED
07/19/13 20137-89341-02 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 1 - GENERAL VICINITY MAP - TOPOGRAPHICAL
07/19/13 20137-89342-05 DOC EFP OTHER--APPENDIX B - EXAMPLE OF HVTL ROUTE PERMIT
07/19/13 20137-89341-03 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 2 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP - AERIAL
07/19/13 20137-89342-02 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 11 - DILINEATED WETLANDS AND WATER BODIES MAP
07/19/13 20137-89336-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
07/19/13 20137-89341-09 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 8 - TYPICAL 115 KV STRUCTURES
07/19/13 20137-89341-10 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 9 - ALTERNATIVE HVTL ROUTE CONSIDERED AND REJECTED - PRE-APPLICATION
07/19/13 20137-89341-07 DOC EFP OTHER--FIGURE 6 - PROPOSED HVTL ROUTE MAP-4
05/01/13 20135-86558-07 PUC MINUTES--APRIL 11, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
04/18/13 20134-85851-01 DOC EFP OTHER--EA SCOPING DECISION
04/04/13 20134-85358-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--APRIL 11, 2013 AGENDA
04/01/13 20134-85181-01 DOC EFP OTHER--EFP MEMO TO PUC ON ON SCOPING PROCESS
03/29/13 20133-85143-06 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--APRIL 11, 2013 AGENDA
03/29/13 20133-85143-15 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/22/13 20133-84953-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--RESPONSE TO SCOPING COMMENTS
03/21/13 20133-84874-01 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--MNDOT WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM EA SCOPING MEETING
03/21/13 20133-84871-01 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--ORAL COMMENTS FROM EA SCOPING MEETING LEONIDAS COMM CENTER
03/21/13 20133-84874-03 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--MN DNR ROW EASEMENT DESCRIPTION APRIL 1988
03/21/13 20133-84874-06 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--MN DNR WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM EA SCOPING MEETING
03/21/13 20133-84874-05 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--MN DNR LANDS AND MINERALS CORRESPONDENCE 3-1-13
03/21/13 20133-84874-02 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--GARY KUYAVA WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM EA SCOPING MEETING
03/21/13 20133-84874-04 DOC EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--MN DNR WILDLIFE FRIENDLY EROSION CONTROL FACT SHEET
03/11/13 20133-84592-04 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
03/11/13 20133-84592-01 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
03/11/13 20133-84592-02 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
03/11/13 20133-84592-03 MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMENTS
03/11/13 20133-84595-01 MNDOT COMMENTS
02/28/13 20132-84249-08 PUC MINUTES--JANUARY 8, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
02/04/13 20132-83532-02 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
02/04/13 20132-83532-01 PUC NOTICE--OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT SCOPING MEETINGS
01/16/13 20131-82817-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
01/16/13 20131-82817-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER FINDING APPLICATION COMPLETE, REFERRING APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS, GRANTING VARIANCE, AND APPOINTING A PUBLIC ADVISOR
01/08/13 20131-82534-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--NOTICE CONFIRMATION
12/31/12 201212-82299-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--JANUARY 8, 2013 AGENDA MEETING
12/27/12 201212-82200-03 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JANUARY 8, 2013
12/26/12 201212-82160-01 MINNESOTA POWER REPLY COMMENTS
12/19/12 201212-81986-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--AND RECOMMENDATIONS
12/12/12 201212-81697-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
12/12/12 201212-81697-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD--ON COMPLETENESS OF APPLICATION
11/30/12 201211-81223-04 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 4 OF 5
11/30/12 201211-81223-02 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 2 OF 5
11/30/12 201211-81223-03 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 3 OF 5
11/30/12 201211-81223-01 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 1 OF 5
11/30/12 201211-81223-05 MINNESOTA POWER OTHER--APPLICATION FOR ROUTE PERMIT - PART 5 OF 5
10/10/12 201210-79412-01 MINNESOTA POWER INITIAL FILING--NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE ROUTE PERMIT APPLICATION