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Flint Hills advisory council is looking for new members

The Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery is looking for four new members to fill positions of current members whose terms will expire in May 2009. The four new members must be residents of Rosemount/Coates, Apple Valley, Inver Grove Heights or Vermillion Township.

The council, in operation since December 1998, provides community members an opportunity to discuss issues and make recommendations to Flint Hills Resources regarding environmental, safety, and other issues of concern to the citizens living within close proximity to the refinery. Council members serve in a voluntary capacity to advise and make recommendations to Flint Hills Resources.

Members of the Council are from Rosemount, Apple Valley, Coates, Eagan, Empire Township, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, and Nininger and Vermillion Townships. The Council consists of 20 community members, two voting members and one nonvoting member from Flint Hills Resources and a nonvoting member from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Current Council initiatives revolve around environment, safety and community outreach. Additional activities and council meeting topics are addressed as identified by the council and/or FHR.

Council members are selected to represent the diversity of the communities served. Balance is sought in regard to age, gender, income, educational background, occupation, expertise and interests in serving on the council. The largest geographic representation comes from neighbors living within approximately two miles of the refinery. Monthly meetings are held September through May and are led by a professional facilitator. Childcare costs are reimbursed for expenses incurred while attending council meetings.

Applicants must complete an application and return it postmarked no later than Friday, April 10, 2009 to: Community Advisory Council/ P.O. Box 110/ Rosemount, MN/ 55068-0110. Members selected for service on the advisory council will be notified no later than Friday, May 29, 2009. To obtain an application, please call 651-429-8391 or go to the council's web site at to download an application.

For more information on the Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery, go the council web site at, or call 651-429-8391.