Public Comment Form

Commenting open: May 28, 2024 12:00AM CT - June 27, 2024 11:59PM CT.

Hutchinson Utilities Commission (Plant 1) - Air Permit

We invite you to comment on the draft air quality permit for Hutchinson Utilities Commission's Plant 1.


Hutchinson Utilities Commission operates Plant 1, a municipal electric power plant that provides backup electric service and power during high demand periods. The facility uses three main natural gas-fired combustion engine generators and one backup generator. 


The draft permit reissues the facility’s air quality permit and does not authorize any construction or new emissions. The draft air permit includes limits for emissions from combustion of natural gas and performance testing, monitoring, and recordkeeping requirements to ensure compliance. The two largest generators also have a combined annual hours of operation limit.


An air quality operating permit is required for certain existing facilities or the construction of new facilities that have the potential to emit a significant level of any regulated pollutant. The permit includes all requirements for operation and procedures, applicable rules, emission standards, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting. If additional conditions change and modifications are necessary, the MPCA may review and amend the permit.



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Thank you for providing feedback on this project. We value your comments and will use them to assess this project further.


In your comments, please state your interest in the permit application or the draft permit; the explicit actions you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to the section of the draft permit you believe should be changed; and the reasons supporting your position, stated with sufficient specificity as to allow the MPCA to investigate the merits of the position.


If you want to submit a letter, you can upload the letter on this website or submit it via US Mail to the following address:


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Miles Bergeson
520 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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