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Environmental Quality Board (EQB) Distribution Letter


Signed EQB Distribution Letter Document (PDF 251 KB)


December 20, 2011



To Whom It May Concern:


As you are aware, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) proposed a project consisting of track improvements to the existing Canadian Pacific (CP) Bass Lake Spur, CP Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern (MN&S) Spur, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Wayzata Subdivision in the City of St. Louis Park to accommodate the relocation of the Twin Cities and Western (TC&W) freight rail traffic currently operating in the Kenilworth Corridor in Minneapolis.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) was the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) for the project.  MnDOT published an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) in May 2011, and issued a Negative Declaration regarding the need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project on June 30, 2011.


On December 19, 2011, MnDOT was notified by HCRRA that it passed a resolution determining that the project no longer warrants separate environmental analysis under state law as a standalone project and is no longer being pursued as a standalone project.


In light of HCRRA’s resolution, MnDOT issued a resolution on December 20, 2011 vacating the EAW and Negative Declaration for the project.  Enclosed, please find a copy of HCRRA’s December 19 letter to MnDOT, as well as MnDOT’s December 20 resolution.  MnDOT’s resolution can also be found on MnDOT’s  freight rail website: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/railroads.html.





Frank Pafko
Chief Environmental Officer
Minnesota Department of Transportation