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METRO PLANT SOLIDS MANAGEMENT improvements FACILITY PLAN

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services proposes to continue sustainable incineration at its Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Plant) in St Paul.

More information about the project can be found in the project overview brochure below.

 
Incineration process at Metro Plant

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about the status of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) plant and interceptor construction projects. Please note the following:

  • Construction on wastewater treatment plants and sewer interceptors will continue. The contractors are following working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies.

  • Some project staff are working remotely while others remain on-site to ensure proper oversight of the project. Staff will stay connected through emails, conference calls, and web-based meetings to manage construction activities.

Contact information

For information regarding construction, please call the construction hotline or send an email to the contact information listed on the bottom of that project’s website.

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Minnesota's response to COVID-19

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PROJECT NEED

The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to:

Preserve existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure


Planned renewal projects will require extended downtime of the existing incinerators.

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Serve regional population growth


500,000 new residents in the Twin Cities Metro Plant service area by 2050.

PROJECT BENEFITS

The fourth incinerator is the most cost effective and sustainable alternative to meet the region’s wastewater needs.

 
 

It will have the lowest community impact and will improve the reliability of the wastewater treatment system.


EXCEPTIONAL AIR QUALITY

The fourth incinerator will meet strict air emission standards, ensuring protection of human health and the environment.
 


LOW IMPACT

A fourth incinerator will not generate additional odors or require land acquisition, providing the lowest impact to surrounding communities.
 


ENERGY RECOVERY

Incineration recovers enough energy to power 2,400 homes. The energy recovered is used in the plant and saves ratepayers $2.5 million per year.
 


COST EFFECTIVE

Adding a fourth incinerator costs 50% less to construct, operate and maintain than any other solids processing alternative.


LOW GREENHOUSE GASES

Greenhouse gas emissions are similar to other alternatives, insignificant compared to other industries and are offset through energy recovery.


SYSTEM RELIABILITY

The fourth incinerator will allow the Metro Plant to serve as backup to other MCES facilities, increasing reliability of the whole MCES system.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Design and permitting is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024. Outreach to the public will occur over the life of the project.
 
Project timeline

LEARN MORE

Click on the fact sheets below to learn more about specific topics related to the Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements Facility Plan.
 
Sustainability Fact Sheet  Community Impact Fact Sheet  Air Emissions Fact Sheet

 

Alternatives Analysis Fact Sheet  Beneficial Ash Reuse Fact Sheet