Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion project

Aerial view of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill

The Burnsville Sanitary Landfill (BSL) is a landfill owned and operated by Waste Management in Burnsville that accepts multiple types of trash:

  • Normal trash picked up at the curb from homes and commercial properties; it's also known as mixed municipal solid waste (MMSW) 
  • Industrial waste
  • Construction and demolition debris

Unless we grant additional capacity, the landfill may no longer accept MMSW within the next five years.

Proposed expansion project

The proposed project would expand the landfill’s MMSW disposal capacity by nearly 23.6 million cubic yards. In addition, the expansion would modify and shrink the current waste disposal footprint from 216 acres to 204 acres. This project would increase the peak height of the landfill by 262 feet. BSL estimates that the proposed expansion would extend the useful life of the landfill by 40 years to 2062.

Map showing the Burnsville landfill's proximity to Kraemer Quarry, the freeway landfill, the old freeway dump, and the Burnsville drinking water supply area

Our role in the EIS process

State rules require projects of this size to complete an environmental impact statement (EIS). BSL previously prepared an EIS in 2005.

The purpose of an EIS is to:

  • Provide information for governmental units, the proposer of the project, and others to evaluate proposed projects that have the potential for significant environmental effects.
  • Consider alternatives to the proposed project.
  • Explore methods for reducing adverse environmental impacts.

In June 2021, the MPCA published a supplement to the prior EIS called the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS). We held a virtual public meeting to share information about the proposed expansion project and respond to questions and comments.

After receiving substantive public comments, the MPCA has revised and updated the environmental impact statement and has published a document called the final supplemental environmental impact statement (FSEIS). The FSEIS includes responses to all comments submitted during the public comment period for the DSEIS.

Next steps

The comment period for the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Final Supplemental EIS closed on December 28. The Commissioner will review all comments and make a determination of adequacy. The FSEIS will be deemed adequate if:

  • Addresses the potentially significant issues and alternatives raised in scoping;
  • Provides responses to the public comments received on the DSEIS; and
  • Was prepared in compliance with state environmental review rules.

If the Commissioner determines the FSEIS is adequate, we may proceed with permitting the project. If not deemed adequate, we must revise the full supplemental EIS.

Those on the mailing list for the project will receive notice of the commissioner's decision. In addition, the decision will be published in the EQB Monitor.