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Planning commission supports waste ordinance amendments

Some changes to the city's waste management ordinances will allow SKB Environmental to start taking some industrial waste at their Rosemount facility.

The planning commission held a public hearing on the matter Tuesday night and then approved three zoning ordinance text amendments and eight new definitions to move the issue forward.

City planner Eric Zweber said the company requested the changes after Dakota County made the recommendation that industrial waste be allowed in the company's construction and demolition cell.

Zweber said the changes are consistent with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's regulations as well. However, the city's current zoning ordinance does not allow for industrial waste in a construction and demolition cell.


SKB operates a multiple cell landfill in Rosemount. One of the cells, Cell 5, is designed for construction and demolition waste. That is the one brought into question with the request.

SKB has owned and operated the landfill since 1992. It was first constructed for the Union Pacific Railroad. SKB has maintained a construction and demolition cell since 2003 when it requested a five year interim use permit.


At city staff's urging, SKB requested other changes to make the ordinance compatible with the Dakota County Solid Waste Management Ordinance.

Zweber said county and state regulations have changed since the ordinance was first written and staff would like to bring it in compliance with their regulations and definitions.

Three waste definitions were amended, including construction debris, construction demolition waste facility and nonhazardous industrial sold waste.

Of note, SKB added asbestos to the construction debris definition. Zweber said asbestos isn't included in the county's definition but that SKB has been granted a variance allowing the deposit of asbestos in Cell 5.

Commissioner Wade Miller asked about the type of asbestos being deposited and if there were any concerns with its disposal at the site.

SKB representative John Domke said the company is proud of its operating record and goes above and beyond to ensure the safe disposal of all materials including asbestos.

Additionally eight definitions were added to address uses, processes and wastes. The definitions are for composting, incinerator ash, solid waste, special waste, waste processing, waste processing facility and waste transfer station. Seven of the definitions are consistent with Dakota County's. Dakota County does not have a definition for incinerator ash.

The planning commission passed the recommendations 4-0. The city council will consider the amendments in March.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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