ENM council agrees to 30-day extension for DNR

Patrick Fisher, pfisher@newpraguetimes.com

The Elko New Market City Council unanimously approved a request from the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources) for a 30-day extension on its decision of whether an EAW (Environmental Assessment Worksheet) is needed for a water bottling plant proposed by Niagara Bottling LLC. The decision came during a special meeting the evening of Thursday, Jan. 19.

City staff presented the request to the council which extends the deadline from Thursday, Jan. 26, to Saturday, Feb. 25.

Councilor Josh Berg had several questions about the request. He began by asking why the DNR asked for the extra time.

Elko New Market’s Senior Planner of Community Development Renee Christianson replied the DNR had recently received a large amount of information from various people and groups, including the city of Elko New Market. The DNR wanted more time to go over the data. Christianson said after granting the extension, the DNR could make a decision on whether an EAW was needed within five business days.

Berg was frustrated the DNR was asking for the extension. He said the agency could be asking for...

To see more on this story pick up the January 26, 2023 print edition of The New Prague Times. 



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