Conditions added to permit for soil roaster


Sibley County Commissioners, last week, gave the operator of a “soil roaster” two months to clean up petroleum contaminated soil at his business in Faxon Township.

Shawn Kluver, who operates the “soil roaster” in Faxon Township, about four miles northwest of Belle Plaine, was granted a two month renewal for his permit. The permit is now in effect from June until August 8.

Jeff Majeski, Sibley County Environmental Services Director, said that a new condition was added to Kluver’s permit. The new condition is that no more contaminated soil is to be brought to the site until the “soil roasting” resumes.

Majeski said that a condition placed on the soil roasting site back in 1993 is that all of the petroleum contaminated soil is to be placed under a roof. It is presently covered with tarps.

In April, commissioners agreed to renew the permit for two months. A requirement at that time was that the all of the soil that was not under a roof was to have be “roasted” by early June. Kluver has not started the “roaster” this year.

In other business, the county commissioners:

• Renewed a gravel extraction permit for Wm. Mueller & Sons, Inc. in Faxon Township, a permit for the operation of Five Star Dairy in Dryden Township; dog kennel for Sandra Schlueter in New Auburn Township, airstrip for Ed Eccles in New Auburn Township, and an earthen basin permit for Sunrise Dairy, LLC in Sibley Township.

• Approved a two year spraying contract between Henderson Township and the County Environmental Services Department. The two year department stipulates that the spraying cost is not to exceed $3,000 annually.

• Was informed that the Planning and Zoning Amendment Public Hearing will be held on July 10, with consideration of the amendments at the July 11 County Board meeting.

• Renewed mobile home permits for Art Wisch in Green Isle Township, Alan Johnson in Severance Township, Curtis Bening in Dryden Township, Brad Voss in Transit Township, Vernon Schultz in Green Isle Township, Eleta Pumper in Faxon Township, Rebecca Rasmussen in New Auburn Township, and Starland Hutterian Inc. in Bismarck Township.