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Scott County commissioners are satisfied with the final environment impact statement on a controversial gravel mine in Jordan. They unanimously pronounced it adequate last week.
But that doesn’t mean the board has given its stamp of approval to the project itself. The developer, Jordan Aggregates, still needs to undergo a lengthy and potentially difficult permitting process. No timetable was given for when the company will file the documents needed for the initial interim-use permit.
The study looked at monitoring groundwater in and around the gravel pit under normal conditions and when floods occur, a mitigation plan if groundwater is found to be contaminated, and plans to monitor and mitigate ice jams.
City buys solar panels for community center
Eden Prairie’s community center will be going green with solar panels on its roof this fall.
The City Council on July 14 approved spending nearly $63,500 on a solar panel system for the center’s roof, though the city said a 10-year solar rebate will reduce the costs to $26,260. Minneapolis-based All Energy Solar will install the 4.76-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof in early September, and it’s slated to be operating by mid-October.
A kiosk in the community center lobby will give more information on the project. The city said that the energy savings from the 36 solar panels will pay back the cost of the system in 14 to 15 years and that the panels will last up to 30 to 40 years.
KELLY SMITH @kellystrib