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Chemical-storage plan triggers environmental review

Expansion at the Hawkins, Inc. facility in Rosemount has led the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to prepare an Environmental Assessment Worksheet. Currently, the MPCA is taking public comment on the expansion and its possible impacts.

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet describes ways in which the proposed expansion could affect air, water, land use and habitat. The worksheet also addresses community impacts such as odors, noise, dust and vehicle traffic.

The MPCA will take public comment on the expansion through June 11. The MPCA uses the comments it receives to determine whether it needs to conduct a more thorough analysis of the project.

Hawkins distributes bulk chemicals that are used in food, agriculture, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. The company’s Rosemount facility includes a 65,000 sq.ft. plant and warehouse on its 28-acre site at 12955 Courthouse Blvd. The company plans to add eight storage tanks at the facility, which will increase its storage capacity for hazardous materials to 1.5 million gallons.

Hitting the 1.5 million gallon threshold is what led to the EAW, said city planner Eric Zweber. He said the expansion project received city approval in 2011.

According to the EAW, the facility will have the capacity to store 1.5 million gallons of raw materials and finished product. The tanks range in size from 525 gallons up to 393,000 gallons. The materials stored on site include, but are not limited to, acetic acid, sodium aluminate, gluconic acid, glacial acetic acid, dipotassium phosphate, fertilizer, urea, nitric acid, propionic acid, ammonium hydroxide, phosphoric acid and ammonium propionate. The company sells finished products in bulk or in tote containers and ships products by truck.

Hawkins built its facility in Rosemount in 2012. The property was formerly part of the 100-acre Continental Nitrogen property. Hawkins was not required to do an EAW with its original construction.

The public can review and comment on the EAW at Comments must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. June 11. Written comments can be sent to Karen Kromar, MPCA 520 Layfayette Rd. N., St. Paul, MN 55155 or by email to

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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