Department of Environmental Quality hosts Project Tundra air permit hearing

October 19, 2023

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality held an air permit hearing on Oct. 19 for the proposed Project Tundra carbon capture facility. About 50 people attended the meeting at the Betty Hagel Memorial Civic Center in Center, N.D.

Presentations from Shannon Mikula, Minnkota environmental manager, David Greeson, Project Tundra consultant, and David Stroh, NDDEQ environmental engineer in the Division of Air Quality, were provided during a public information session. A public hearing followed the presentations, where the NDDEQ accepted comments on the proposed permit. All comments from the audience were made in support of the permit.

The air pollution control permit is needed for the initial construction and operation of the carbon capture facility. Preliminary evaluations made by NDDEQ staff indicate that the proposed project will comply with all applicable air pollution control rules and is protective of human health and the environment. The project required NDDEQ to perform a case-by-case maximum achievable control technology (MACT) determination.

A 30-day public comment period for the proposed permit to construct and MACT determination began on Sept. 21, 2023, and ended on Oct. 21, 2023.