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SKB gets OK to expand Rosemount facility

SKB Environmental received the go ahead Tuesday night for an expansion of their Rosemount industrial waste facility. The Rosemount City Council approved all the necessary motions to move ahead with the plans.

The waste facility will be expanded from 151 acres of disposal area to 167 acres. The expansion will increase the facility’s disposal volume by 32 percent. The footprint of the facility will include 16 acres of land and will increase the height of the landfill by 50 feet.

The increase will fill 9.19 acres of wetlands. City planner Eric Zweber said the company went through a sequencing process to determine how to minimize wetland impacts.

The proposed expansion is confined to SKB’s existing property. Zweber said they did not want the expansion to include additional land so wetland mitigation efforts on the property were not possible.

To mitigate the impacts within the city, staff looked at the possible creation of wetlands in Rosemount but found there was not a reasonable alternative area.

With other options exhausted, the city council gave approval for SKB to purchase wetland credit outside of Rosemount. Specifically, Zweber said the company will purchase credits available from the Bachman wetland bank in Eureka Township.

As part of the approval process SKB agreed to go through an Environmental Assessment Worksheet. Several agencies offered comments on the project but no one objected to the expansion.

The council gave unanimous approval for the project.

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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