MPCA Citizens’ Board to consider environmental impact study for Wright County landfill

Contact: Ralph Pribble, 612-757-2657

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board will consider the adequacy of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposal to construct a new disposal area at the Advanced Disposal Rolling Hills landfill in Wright County. The Board meeting is on November 18 in St. Paul.

The EIS was prepared in response to a proposal by Advanced Disposal to build a new disposal area east of the existing Rolling Hills facility. The new area would accept municipal solid waste, industrial waste, and construction/demolition debris from 33 Minnesota counties and four Wisconsin counties within a 75-mile radius of the project site.

The EIS is an assessment of the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts from the proposed project, including impacts on ground water, surface water, air quality, public health, and wildlife habitat. A public meeting on the draft EIS was held in Buffalo in August 2014 and the draft was open for public comment through August 29.

State rules governing environmental review require the agency that conducts the EIS to formally determine whether it meets all the objectives outlined in state rules. Board meetings are public, and any person may appear at this meeting and address the Board on the subject of adequacy of the final EIS.

The MPCA is accepting comments on the final EIS until 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2014.   Comments or questions on the final EIS should be directed to Nancy Drach, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155 (nancy.drach@state.mn.us or 651-757-2317).

The final EIS is available online at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/oxpg691. Copies will be also available at the public libraries in Buffalo and Monticello and at the MPCA offices in St. Paul.