Fact sheets, guidance documents
- Solid Waste Sampling and Analysis Protocol Guidance (w-sw2-07)
- Checklist for Post Closure Care Summary Report Requirements for a Solid Waste Landfill
- Solid Waste Facilities - A guide to Minnesota’s Industrial Stormwater Permit
- Aspergillusem Fungus Spores from Yard Waste Compost Facilities
- Alternate Daily Cover Spray-on Cover Materials
- Demolition Landfill Guidance
- Disaster Response: Temporary transfer station (c-er3-81)
- Disaster Response: Temporary transfer station presentation (c-er3-81a)
- Farmsteads & Solid Waste (w-sw1-18)
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction through Solid Waste Management
- Guidance for Final Cover for Demolition Debris Landfills (currently not available)
- Managing Street Sweepings
- Street Sweeping Report No. 3
- Guidance for Industrial Waste Management Evaluation Model (IWEM)
- Guidance for Leachate Recirculation at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
- Guidance for Liner Design for Demolition Debris or Industrial Solid Waste Landfills
- Guidance for Soil Construction Standards and Testing Frequencies – Final Cover Construction
- Guidance for Soil Construction Standards and Testing Frequencies–Landfill Cell Construction
- Land Application of Landfill Leachate (w-sw5-06)
- Guidelines - Land application of by-product limes (wq-lndapp1-01)
- Industrial Landfill Guidance Manual
- Guidance for Soil Construction Standards and Testing Frequencies - Final Cover Construction
- Metropolitan Solid Waste Policy Plan 2010-2030 - Fact sheet
- MPCA Generic Template Industrial Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) for Demolition and Construction Landfills
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Solid Waste Expedited Permit Program
- Solid Waste Expedited Permit Program - General Information Request Form
- Solid Waste Financial Assurance
- Transfer Facility Classifications
- Yard Waste Compost Facilities - Inert Material Testing
- Waste Tire Transporter List (w-sw6-03)
In fall 2015, a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation took effect that set environmental-protection requirements at landfills and slurry ponds that dispose of coal ash produced by electricity-generating stations. Coal ash is called “coal combustion residuals” in the regulation.
The requirements relate to design, reporting, monitoring, operation, remediation, and closure. Such facilities are subject to the regulations if they took coal ash after Oct. 19, 2015. The regulation also set out what qualifies as beneficial use of coal ash.
The EPA regulation does not create a federal or state permit program to enforce the requirements. Instead, the EPA will rely on transparent, Web-based reporting by the coal-ash facilities, so that members of the public can check on whether compliance is happening. The regulations authorize citizens to file civil lawsuits against facility owners that they believe to be violating the requirements. These citizen-suit provisions have been a key part of previous environmental initiatives by the federal government.
The regulation offers a limited role for states if those states update their original “state solid waste management plan” on how they will match the EPA’s coal-ash provisions, and if that update is approved by the EPA. Such re-approved states will have authority to extend the compliance window at specific coal-ash disposal facilities that are having trouble meeting the EPA deadline.
The intent of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at this time is not to submit an update to its solid waste management plan to the EPA. The reason is that the MPCA has compared the EPA regulatory requirements with the existing MPCA permit and rule requirements that apply to coal-ash landfills and ponds, and has concluded that the MPCA’s approach is equivalent to, or beyond the EPA’s requirements.
If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Courtney Ahlers at 651-757-2183.
- Laboratory achievable reporting limits 102715 (w-sw3-58.xls)
- Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Policy Plan. Establishes the plan for managing the Metropolitan Area’s solid waste.
- Recycling and Solid Waste Infrastructure Evaluation
- Reports on SCORE Programs. An annual evaluation of Minnesota's recycling, reduction and waste management programs.
- Solid Waste Policy Reports. MPCA analysis of the status of the state's solid waste system, with recommendations to the Legislature regarding Minnesota's waste management policies, system improvements, and research.
Program management decisions
- Alternative Leachate Management
- Blending Class II Compost to Achieve Class I Standards
- Disposal of Livestock Carcasses and Farm Structures Resulting from a Disaster (w-sw8-03)
- Disposal of Mercury-contaminated Waste in Minnesota Landfills
- Financial Assurance and Ash Landfills Owned by Regulated Industries
- Incorporating Federal Regulations - form letter dated 12/14/93 addressed to operators of mixed municipal solid waste landfills
- Infectious Waste Regulation
- Landfill Slope Guidance
- Memorandum to Disposal Facility Operators on Disposal of Deer and Elk Carcasses, dated 10/20/2003
- Regulated Fill (w-sw8-04)
- Stakeholder Input on Solid Waste Issues as of May 5, 2007
- Variance from Combustor Ash Testing Rules - letter dated 5/1/96 and public notice dated 9/11/97
- Waste-to-Energy in an Integrated Solid Waste Management System
Solid waste facility lists
Solid waste permit application forms
- Permit application forms are available on the Solid Waste Permit Application Forms Web page.