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    MPCA Seeking Public Input on Burnsville Landfill Expansion

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced that it is seeking public input on the proposed 85% increase in the permitted capacity of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill. The MPCA's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will consider impacts on groundwater, surface water, and air quality, as well as visual and economic impacts.

    "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 [kevin.kain@state.mn.us], 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."

    You may view the MPCA's draft scoping document which describes the process to be followed in drafting the SEIS here. As noted by this story from Sun Thisweek, the "expansion is a key element of a ... plan for cleanup of the nearby Freeway Landfill just west of Interstate 35W and the smaller Freeway Dump across the highway." More information about the Freeway Landfill and Dump is available from the MPCA here. Information about the Burnsville City Council's approval of a Concept Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment in March which is necessary for the expansion to move forward is available here (see the links at the bottom of the page). For an opposing view, see the website of the City of Bloomington regarding the proposed expansion.