MPCA completes Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion

Contact: Walker Smith, 651-757-2738

Saint Paul, Minn. — On Sept. 30, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner (MPCA) Laura Bishop adopted the Final Scoping Decision Document for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Expansion Project. This document will examine the impacts of the proposed expansion including possible groundwater and air quality impacts.

The Burnsville Sanitary Landfill is currently permitted to hold 25.4 million cubic yards of mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial waste. Owners of the landfill would like to expand its capacity to approximately 47 million cubic yards of waste. The expansion would allow the landfill to operate for at least another 40 years. The MPCA needs to examine the potential environmental impacts of this expansion before allowing it.

By December of this year, the MPCA will complete the draft of this SEIS and will place it on a 30-day public notice. If the SEIS is adequate, permits for the expansion could be issued in February of 2020.

A copy of the Final Scoping Decision Document is available on the MPCA’s Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage.