Virtual Project Update:
Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements Project

June 16, 2021


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) hosted virtual meetings to discuss the status of the Metro Plant Solids Management Improvements project.

The Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Plant) is located three miles southeast of downtown Saint Paul (2400 Childs Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55106). It treats 180 million gallons of wastewater every day for 66 communities and processes 850 wet tons of wastewater solids every day for 73 communities. The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to preserve existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and serve regional population growth. 

  • MCES plans to construct a fourth incinerator with state of the art air pollution controls and energy recovery from 2024 to 2026.
    • The fourth incinerator will be constructed within the Metro Plant property boundary in an addition to an existing building.
    • ‚ÄčThe fourth incinerator requires a major air permit amendment which has been submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for review.
    • MCES will voluntarily complete an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) with the MPCA.
  • A second project will follow to renew the existing incinerators from 2027 to 2029.

A formal presentation was given, with the rest of the time available for attendees to ask questions. The virtual meetings covered:

  • Background information
  • How solids processing works at the Metro Plant
  • Project schedule
  • Air permitting and environmental review

Both meetings took place via Webex webinars and covered the same material.

Interested persons can also provide feedback, ask questions, and find out more information through the following ways:

If you would like additional information about this project, we would be happy to schedule a meeting at a time and location convenient to you or send follow-up information.