MPCA releases environmental assessment on wastewater treatment facility in Burnsville

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

Saint Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on an environmental review document for a sewer rehabilitation and replacement project in Burnsville. Comments are being accepted through 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015.

The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), which operates regional sewer and wastewater treatment systems in the Twin Cities, will be restoring or replacing 31,000 feet of sewer lines in the Burnsville sewer collection system, which transports wastewater to the Seneca Wastewater Treatment Facility in Eagan.

The existing wastewater collection system is more than 50 years old. It presents significant defects and signs of deterioration, and is at risk of failure in coming years. The three-phase project will resolve current issues and address future wastewater capacity needs to support the growing area.

The project will involve construction in residential areas and parks, along with commercial and industrial spaces. The project is set to begin this summer and end in 2018.

The purpose of the environmental review document, called an Environmental Assessment Worksheet, is to describe the ways in which a proposed project could affect air, water, land use, habitat and other environmental concerns. The document helps the MPCA determine whether a more in-depth environmental review process is needed for a given project.

Comments on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet should be submitted in writing by 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2015 to Nancy Drach, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road N., Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194 or by fax to 651-297-2317. To review the EAW or for more information, visit the agency's Environmental Assessment Worksheet webpage.