Public hearing for environmental assessment of Wal-Mart Superstore is Monday

By Joyce Moran

The public hearing to consider the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed Wal-Mart Superstore will be held Monday evening at Little Falls City Hall.

City Council members and City Administrator Rich Carlson have all received letters from citizens stating that not enough information on the project is known, and that “a full Environmental Impact Statement for the project should be made.”

“Minnesota COACT feels strongly that performing an EIS is the only way for the city council to make a fully informed decision about this huge project,” wrote Thomas Casey, attorney for COACT.

Stating their concern that the EAW lacked a storm water management plan, three members of the Morrison County Agriculture Society also asked for a detailed EIS for the Wal-Mart project.

A letter from Jeff Odendahl, director of the Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, and writing for the leadership team of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, addressed the concern he and the sisters had “for the inadequacy of the EAW that was offered in support of the development of Wal-Mart’s proposed superstore.” Their most significant concerns, he added, were related to water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, air quality, traffic, the visual impact and the overall impact on the infrastructure and public services.

“This hearing is to address the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the Wal-Mart project,” emphasized City Administrator Rich Carlson, “not whether the project is wanted or not.”

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