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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.
The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to:
Planned renewal projects will require extended downtime of the existing incinerators.
500,000 new residents in the Twin Cities Metro Plant service area by 2050.
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.
A fourth incinerator will not generate additional odors or require land acquisition, providing the lowest impact to surrounding communities.
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.
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.
The fourth incinerator will allow the Metro Plant to serve as backup to other MCES facilities, increasing reliability of the whole MCES system.
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.
Click on the fact sheets below to learn more about specific topics related to the Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements Facility Plan.