MPCA to review environmental impacts of Burnsville Sanitary Landfill’s expansion proposal

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it's seeking community input on a proposed expansion of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill. The expansion would increase the site's currently permitted capacity from 25.4 million cubic yards of mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial waste to approximately 47 million cubic yards — about 85 percent.

To determine if the proposed expansion is environmentally sound, the MPCA needs to develop a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The SEIS will review current and proposed groundwater quality standards as they relate to solid waste disposal facilities. It will also review surface water discharge rates for 2-year, 10-year, and 100-year storm events; air quality impacts; and potential visual impacts. The agency revised its Environmental Impact Statement for the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill in 2005.

The MPCA’s process will include studying alternatives, including a smaller size and no-build. If moderate progress is made toward the Minnesota Legislature’s 75 percent recycling goal, the MPCA predicts that the proposed landfill may be usable up to 80 years, or require a smaller plan.

The 30-day public comment period is open until 4:30 p.m. on July 24, 2019. Send any comments about the project to Kevin Kain, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55155. The MPCA is also holding a public meeting to solicit community input and help develop the scope of the landfill's SEIS on Wednesday, July 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Burnsville City Hall, Dakota Community Rooms, 100 Civic Center Parkway. Visit the MPCA's Environmental Review webpage to review a draft scoping document for the project.

The public can talk one-on-one with MPCA staff at an open house, prior to the formal public meeting, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. The public meeting will begin with a brief presentation by the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, explaining the proposed changes.

The MPCA will approve a proposed scope of the SEIS in August, with a determination of adequacy decision currently scheduled for January 2020.