Special Discharge Program

Landfill leachate, contaminated ground and surface water, hauled industrial waste

The Special Discharge Program of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) provides a method for acceptance of “special discharges” to the Metropolitan Disposal System. Special discharges regulated under this program include nonhazardous landfill leachate and condensate, contaminated groundwater, contaminated surface water, and hauled industrial waste generated outside of the MCES service area.

Permit or Approval

Any person or entity wanting to make a special discharge to the Metroplitan Disposal System must first apply for an approval or permit through the MCES Industrial Waste & Pollution Prevention Section by completing the appropriate form below. Typically, if a discharge is expected to be ongoing for 12 or more months, then MCES will issue a permit.

Landfill Leachate and/or Condensate - nonhazardous discharges:
Landfill Leachate and/or Condensate - Special Discharge Application (Word, 720 kB)

Contaminated Groundwater and Surface Water:
Groundwater and/or Surface Water - Special Discharge Application (Word, 643 kB)
Community Review Form (Word, 640 kB) (required only for direct discharges to the sanitary sewer)

Hauled Industrial Waste - non-hazardous discharges:
Industrial Discharge Approval Request Form (Word, 763 kB)
Out-of-Service Area Attachment - required for waste generated outside of the MCES service area (Word, 634kB) 
PFAS Attachment - required for waste containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (Word, 635kB)

How to comply with the program

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Contact us

Special Discharge Program information:

MCES rates, fees, and invoicing: Nanette Ewald at nanette.ewald@metc.state.mn.us or 651-602-4767

Industrial Waste & Pollution Prevention (IWPP) Office: iwpp@metc.state.mn.us or 651-602-4703