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Final Environmental Impact Statement Available for Great Northern Transmission Line

11/3/2015 8:57:05 AM

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Commerce has released the final environmental impact statement for the proposed Great Northern Transmission Line project in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties.

The study will be used by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in deciding whether to issue a route permit for the project.

Minnesota Power has proposed construction of a 220-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line that would cross the U.S.-Canadian international border in Roseau County. Depending on the final route, it would cross Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties and terminate at the Blackberry Substation near Grand Rapids in Itasca County.  

The transmission line would deliver hydroelectric power purchased from Manitoba Hydro to Minnesota Power customers.

The final environmental impact statement analyzes the potential human and environmental impacts of the project and possible measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate these impacts. 

In addition, the study analyzes route alternatives and route variations that could be used for the project and provides a comparative analysis of routing options. It also responds to comments received on the draft version.

The document can be viewed on the Commerce Department website.

It is also available for viewing at the following public libraries:

  • Baudette Library, 110 1st Street SW, Baudette
  • Blackduck Public Library, 72 1st Street SE, Blackduck
  • Bovey Public Library, 402 2nd Street, Bovey
  • Calumet Library, 932 Gary Street, Calumet
  • Coleraine Public Library, 203 Cole Street, Coleraine
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior Street, Duluth
  • Grand Rapids Public Library, 140 NE 2nd Street, Grand Rapids
  • Greenbush Public Library, PO Box 9, Greenbush
  • International Falls Public Library, 750 4th Street, International Falls
  • Marble Public Library, 302 Alice Avenue, Marble
  • Northome Public Library, 12064 Main Street, Northome
  • Roseau Public Library, 121 Center Street E, Suite 100, Roseau
  • Warroad Public Library, 202 Main Avenue NE, Warroad
  • Williams Public Library, 350 Main Street, Williams

The document can be made available in alternative formats (such as large print or audio) by calling 651-539-1530.

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Media Contact:

Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
P: 651-539-1463 | C: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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