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MPCA Seeking Input on Scope of Environmental Review for Proposed Burnsville Landfill Expansion

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has released its draft final scoping document (DFSD) for the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill (BSL) expansion project 2019 supplement environmental impact statement (SEIS). The final scoping document will define the scope of the SEIS which is currently scheduled to be drafted and then released in early 2020. Comments on the draft final scoping document will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on September 27 via email to If you submit a comment, please limit the comment to the scope of the SEIS and not whether the proposed project as a whole should proceed.

The proposed project would increase the permitted capacity of the BSL by 85%. The SEIS will consider impacts on groundwater, surface water, and air quality, as well as visual and economic impacts. 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.

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