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CX-001634: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Meteorological Tower Installation Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa Indian Reservation
CX(s) Applied: B3.1, A9
Date: 04/08/2010
Location(s): County of Mille Lacs, Minnesota
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

This project is for the commissioning of a meteorological (met) tower to be installed at the Ledin Site, located on the west side of Lake Mille Lacs on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa Indian Reservation, City of Onamia, Township of Kathio, County of Mille Lacs, State of Minnesota. The site is to the west of the Mille Lacs wastewater treatment facility, which has a physical address of 43282 Timber Trail Rd, Onamia, MN 56359. The Ledin Site is a Brownfield site recently purchased by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa and is part of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's RE-Powering America's land: Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated land and Mine Sites initiative. The site was contaminated by a prior owner by illegal dumping of trash, debris, appliances, farm equipment, etc. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory contractor would install a 60-meter met tower at the Ledin site for up to 24 months. Data collected from the met tower anemometers, vanes and temperature sensors would be used to provide a feasibility study for wind potential at the site.