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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No 14-977
Project name Minnesota Power 16 Line Reroute Project
Applicant Minnesota Power
Description Minnesota Power's proposed 16 Line Reroute project is an approximately three-mile-long 115 kilovolt HVTL located in St. Louis County, Minnesota
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location St. Louis County
Docket created: January 22, 2015
Status:
 
02-26-2015
Application accepted
 
03-23-2015
Public meeting
 
05-19-2015
Scoping decision
 
10-5-2015
Environmental document available
 
10-27-2015
Public hearing
 
01-22-2016
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 14-977
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

The proposed 16 Line Reroute project is located south of Fayal Township and approximately four miles east of McDavitt Township in St. Louis County, Minnesota.  The proposed high voltage transmission line (HVTL) would connect to Minnesota Power’s existing 16 Line on the east side of United Taconite’s existing tailings basin and proceed southeast, parallel to an existing railroad grade for approximately 1.25 miles.  The line would then proceed southwest for approximately 1.75 miles where it would connect to the existing 16 Line. In addition, three miles of existing transmission line would be taken out of service and removed.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
01/22/16 HVTL Route Permit, Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation Project | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hereby issues this route permit to Minnesota Power pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216E and Minnesota Rules Chapter 7850. This permit authorizes the Minnesota Power to construct an approximately 3-mile 115 kilovolt HVTL located south of Fayal Township in Saint Louis County, and as identified in the attached route permit maps, hereby incorporated into this document
10/05/15 Environmental Assessment – MP 16 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
05/19/15 Scoping Decision: Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation Project | document details
The deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce has issued a decision on the scope of the environmental assessment (EA) to be prepared for the Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation project in St. Louis County, Minnesota
01/20/15 HVTL Route Permit Application - Minnesota Power 16 Line Replacement Project | document details
Minnesota Power has submitted an application for a Route Permit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216E and Minnesota Rules chapter 7850. A Route Permit is requested for an approximately three-mile-long, 115 kV transmission line reroute. In addition, three miles of existing transmission line will be taken out of service and removed
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/22/16 HVTL Route Permit, Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation Project | document details
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hereby issues this route permit to Minnesota Power pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216E and Minnesota Rules Chapter 7850. This permit authorizes the Minnesota Power to construct an approximately 3-mile 115 kilovolt HVTL located south of Fayal Township in Saint Louis County, and as identified in the attached route permit maps, hereby incorporated into this document
10/05/15 Public Notice – Release of Environmental Assessment for the Proposed MP 16 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
10/05/15 Environmental Assessment – MP 16 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
05/19/15 Scoping Decision: Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation Project | document details
The deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce has issued a decision on the scope of the environmental assessment (EA) to be prepared for the Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation project in St. Louis County, Minnesota
05/14/15 Commission Order Regarding Alternative Routes for the Environmental Assessment | document details
Commission order identifying additional routes for inclusion in the environmental review document and referring the application to the Office of Administrative Hearings
04/17/15 Environmental Assessment Scoping Process Summary | document details
EERA staff comments summarizing the Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation EA scoping process and site alternatives received
03/17/15 Commission Order Regarding Application Completeness | document details
Commission order accepting the Minnesota Power 16 Line Relocation route application as complete and authorizing review under the alternative process
03/09/15 MP 16 Line Replacement Project: 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 has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
02/27/15 Notice: Public Information and Environmental Review Scoping Meeting, MP 16 Line Relocation Project | document details
The PUC and DOC EERA will conduct a public information and environmental review scoping meeting on March 23, 2015, at the Eveleth City Hall. Comments will be accepted until April 3, 2015
02/02/15 EERA Application Acceptance Recommendations - Minnesota Power 16 Line Replacement Project | document details
EERA staff recommends the Commission accept the Application as complete and determine that an advisory task force is not warranted at this time
01/26/15 Notice of Comment Period on the HVTL Application Completeness - Minnesota Power 16 Line Replacement Project | 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 Monday, February 2, 2015. Reply comments will be considered if received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015
01/20/15 HVTL Route Permit Application - Minnesota Power 16 Line Replacement Project | document details
Minnesota Power has submitted an application for a Route Permit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 216E and Minnesota Rules chapter 7850. A Route Permit is requested for an approximately three-mile-long, 115 kV transmission line reroute. In addition, three miles of existing transmission line will be taken out of service and removed

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