MPCA to host public meeting on Freeway Landfill site in Burnsville

Contact: Alexis Donath, 651-757-2312

St. Paul, Minn.— The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. regarding the cleanup of the Freeway Landfill site, located in Burnsville near the 35W bridge over the Minnesota River. An open house with staff from the MPCA will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30, followed by additional time for one-on-one discussions with staff. The meeting will take place at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Small Community Room.

At nearly 150 acres, the Freeway Landfill is one of the state’s largest closed landfills, and was in operation from the 1960s until 1990. Today, it is one of only three closed landfills across the state that have not yet signed a cleanup agreement with MPCA. The MPCA’s Closed Landfill Program helps to ensure that former landfill sites are cleaned up and managed in a way that protects the environment and public health.

The MPCA has proposed protecting the land and water around Freeway Landfill by moving waste onto a protective liner and installing systems to collect methane gas and leachate from the waste in the landfill. At the meeting, MPCA officials will explain this preferred remedy and respond to questions from attendees.

Visit the MPCA’s website for more information about the Closed Landfill Program.