Burnsville cheers landfill deal

A cleanup deal has been reached for the Freeway Landfill property west of Interstate 35W and south of the Minnesota River in Burnsville. City officials cheered the deal between the landowner and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (Submitted photo)

A cleanup deal has been reached for the Freeway Landfill property west of Interstate 35W and south of the Minnesota River in Burnsville. City officials cheered the deal between the landowner and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. (Submitted photo)

City officials are cheering a deal to finally bring the Freeway Landfill in Burnsville into Minnesota’s Closed Landfill Program.

Announced Jan. 28 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the deal would turn management of the dormant landfill over to the state. The MPCA has proposed a five-year, $64.4 million cleanup plan.

The deal would shield landowner R.B. McGowan Co., as well as anyone who ever dumped garbage there, from environmental liability for the 140-acre site, according to a memo from MPCA Assistant Commissioner Kirk Koudelka.

The cleanup will protect groundwater that’s a source of drinking water in Burnsville and Savage, while freeing up some land for development that could generate millions in new property taxes, city officials say.

“Just a game-changing milestone in Burnsville’s history,” City Council Member Dan Kealey said at a Jan. 29 work session.

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