Industrial Waste

Industrial waste is any solid, liquid, or gaseous substance disposed of in a public sewer in the metropolitan area resulting from a business activity.

The Industrial Waste and Pollution Prevention (IWPP) section of the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services division regulates and monitors industrial discharges to the sewer system to ensure compliance with local and federal regulations. We also respond to sewer-related spills and community sewer problems. These functions protect regional and municipal collection and treatment facilities, process efficiency, operating personnel, and the environment.

Our staff issue industrial discharge permits to industrial users of the Metropolitan Disposal System (public sanitary sewers). Currently, approximately 900 permits are in effect. Permittees are required to conduct self-monitoring and submit reports to IWPP on a routine basis. These reports are one means of determining compliance with the MCES waste discharge rules.

We also conduct monitoring of industrial users to determine compliance with permits. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires MCES to inspect and monitor significant industrial users at least once per year. The MCES laboratory performs approximately 22,000 analyses per year for the industrial monitoring we conduct at about 400 industrial facilities.

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Rules and regulations

Contact Us
  • Contact staff (PDF)
  • IWPP office

    Metro 94 Business Center
    455 Etna St. N, Suite 27
    St. Paul, MN 55106-5849
    Phone: 651-602-4703
    Fax: 651-602-4730

    Hours:
    M-F 7:00 a.m.  ΜΆ   4:30 p.m.

    Mailing Address

    MCES - IWPP
    390 N. Robert St.
    St. Paul, MN 55101-1805