Public Hearing:

Metro Solids Public Hearing Summary

August 30, 2018

Color photo of community members watching a presentation projected onto a large screen at a project open houseMetropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) hosted a public hearing and received comments on the Draft Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements Facility Plan on August 30, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Wellstone Center in Saint Paul.

The Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Plant) is located three miles southeast of downtown Saint Paul. The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to preserve existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and serve regional population growth. MCES proposes to construct a fourth incinerator, followed by renewal of existing incineration facilities which was found to be the most cost-effective and sustainable alternative to meet the region’s wastewater needs.

Attendees were able to review informational materials and provide formal public comments. The presentation of the public hearing covered the following topics:

  • Background, project location, and need for additional solids processing capacity at the Metro Plant
  • How the existing facilities process solids at the Metro Plant
  • Solids processing alternatives that were considered and factors used in the alternative selection
  • Recommend plan from Metro Plant Solids Management Facility Plan
  • Impact on rates and schedule for Metro Plant Solids Management Facility Plan

A copy of the agenda, presentation slides, and public comments received during the public comment period with MCES responses are attached.

MCES has responded to the public comments received and is proceeding with its recommended plan. MCES staff recommends that the Metropolitan Council adopt the Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements Facility Plan, MCES Project 806210, by formal Council resolution. This recommendation will be reviewed at the Environmental Committee Meeting and Council Meeting on September 25 and October 10 respectively.

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