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. This draft EIS is a supplement to that EIS. We serve as the governmental unit responsible for preparing the EIS.

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.

We held a virtual public meeting on June 23 to share information about the proposed expansion project and respond to questions and comments. 

Next steps

The public comment period on the draft EIS closed on July 31.

  • We respond to public comments received on the landfill draft EIS
  • We draft the landfill full EIS
  • We publish notice of availability of the full EIS in the EQB Monitor
    • This starts the 10-day public comment period on the adequacy of the full EIS
  • Our commissioner makes determination of adequacy of the landfill full EIS
    • If the full EIS is deemed adequate, we may proceed with permitting the project
    • If the full EIS is not deemed adequate, we must revise the full EIS