4/25/2013 2:47:00 PM Shingle recycler denied permit; goes to Shakopee
by Ken Haggerty
Recovery Technology Systems (RTS) has been denied a permit by Randolph Township to build a $20 million shingle recycling plant on a ten acre site in the Great Western Industrial Park just north of the City of Randolph.
The company is reported to now have a purchase agreement in place to build on a ten acre site at the Shakopee Raceway Park and is working with the City of Shakopee for needed zoning changes.
The company withdrew a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency permit application for the Randolph site apparently shortly after the Township planning commission recommended denying the requested conditional use permit on April 2 by a 2 to 1 vote (Guenther Moesler voting in favor of the permit).
RTS representatives had been at Township meetings throughout the past year, but had been slowed in its pursuit of a permit as the Township resolved another large scale permit request from Cannon Valley Co-op for a railroad grain loading terminal.
Some Township and nearby City residents had voiced concerns about the RTS proposal which called for delivering up to 24 trucks per day of old shingles to the 24-7 plant where they would be put through a toluene-based "bath" to recycle the asphalt in the shingles.
At the Planning Commission meeting, pros and cons were considered. That this is a first of its kind plant, that petitions were signed against the plant and that there were concerns about the integrity of the management were listed among the cons. Among the pros listed were that the business helps reduce landfill dumping, that the processing would be done within enclosed structures and that MPCA administers strict conditions on all pollutants.
At its April 16 meeting, the Township Board voted by a 3-0 vote to deny the conditional use permit.
The legal denial of the conditional use permit will be based on the reading by the Township that the use is considered more of a waste storage or waste recycling facility. The Township indicated its approved uses are more for light industrial uses like assembly, processing or packaging.