Minneapolis Health Department

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th. Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
health@minneapolismn.gov
(612) 673-2301

Remediation, Clean-up and Contaminated Soil Storage

On-site remediation permit Application

Contaminated Soil Storage Apllication 

Pertinent Ordinances: 

48.240.  On-site remediation.  (a) No person shall conduct or perform any on-site remediation as defined in 48.10 without having obtained an on-site remediation permit from the authority. On-site remediation may include, but is not limited to: excavation and removal of contamination, grading, thermal evaporation treatment, closed chamber burning, microbial treatments, thin spreading, soil venting, soil capping, soil burning, or other substance recovery or disposal systems.

To apply for an on-site remediation permit from the authority, person(s) shall pay the authority all permit fee(s) required by 48.310, and submit a plan that details the proposed action for the on-site remediation. For sites considered contaminated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, or sites suspected of being contaminated, a copy of the state-approved remediation plan must be submitted. If the remediation system will be discharging to the sanitary sewer a copy of the Metropolitan Council discharge permit must be provided. In addition, any information deemed necessary by the authority must be provided.

The authority shall review the plan and may require the applicant to perform modifications to the on-site treatment remediation system to assure conformity to city ordinance, in so far as such modifications are not in conflict with state or federal requirements. On-site remediation permits shall be issued by the authority pursuant to a review of the following information, as appropriate to the site, contained in the plan:

(1) The objectives of the remediation.

(2) Descriptions of the contaminated site, including topographic and geologic characteristics, the presence of utilities and structures on the site, and relative location of human populations at risk.

(3) The types, amounts, and extent of the contamination and its potential for mobility from the site.

(4) Descriptions of how the remediation will be implemented, its compatibility with the contaminants including the potential to generate hazardous secondary chemical species such as flammable or explosive vapors, and estimates of contaminant amounts that will be emitted to the air, discharged to the waters of the state, or excavated, treated on-site and/or transported off-site for treatment and/or disposal.

(5) The measures being implemented that will protect the exposed treatment area or contaminated storage areas from weather conditions that may cause hazardous substances to migrate or be released.

(6) Designs for run-off collection systems.

(7) The adequacy of the emergency response plan to address accidental discharges, leaks, or spills of extracted toxins or other toxic materials to the environment.

(8) Capacity limitations for all equipment, machinery, storage vessels, or any other materials involved in the remediation operations to prevent injury to workers and accidental releases of toxins to the environment.

(9) Time requirements for the remediation to be completed.

(10) Projected public concerns and how they will be addressed.

(11) Actions taken to ensure that the remediation-site and all its equipment and structures will remain physically secure from intruders to prevent exposure to harmful contaminants, accidental releases of toxic substances, or unauthorized acts of third persons.

(12) Names and contact information for all persons conducting the remediation activities, including contact information for an individual or company available to respond on a twenty-four (24) hour basis.

(b) Emergency contact information shall be posted on-site in an area clearly visible from the public right-of-way. The sign should be outside of any locked buildings or other structures. The listed contact shall be an individual or company available to respond on a twenty-four (24) hour basis.

(c) Issuance of an on-site treatment permit does not eliminate the need for additional permits required by this Code or other governmental agencies. These additional permits may include, but are not limited to: fire, electrical, erosion control, work, demolition, new construction, well installation, tank installation and removal, and water discharge permits.

(d) The city or authorized personnel may inspect remediation-sites prior to, during, and at the close of all remediation activities. If at any time over the course of the remediation the city or authorized personnel identifies problems with the remediation activities including, but not limited to, potential environmental impacts or public health and safety concerns, the city shall have the power to require additional permits and/or remediation at the site. Notification of city required changes shall be submitted in writing to the person(s) indicated as responsible for remediation activities on the permit application.

(e) If upon inspection by city authorized personnel, remediation activities are found to pose an immediate and substantial threat to the environment and/or public health and safety, the authority shall have the power to immediately suspend operations until the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can be consulted and the threat has been addressed.

(f) Applicant(s) must pay to the authority the annual registration fee(s) required by section 48.310.

(g) Any alterations or additions required by the city shall not conflict or detrimentally effect the operation of any remediation activity required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency or the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2002-Or-169, § 23, 11-8-02; 2006-Or-050, § 5, 5-12-06; 2008-Or-096, § 2, 12-12-08)

48.250.  Use of unregulated soil.  (a) No person shall bring in to the city or use any soil or fill in the city unless it is clean granular fill with an average diameter of one (1) inch or less.

(b) When approved by the state and with prior approval by the authority, contaminated soil may be placed back into an excavation on the same site, provided it is consistent with development on the site. (2002-Or-169, § 24, 11-8-02)

48.300.  Contaminated material storage.  (a) Any and all manufactured materials that have been in contact with pollutants, including but not limited to lubricating oils, cutting fluids, and marking dyes, must be stored inside a building or structure in such a manner as to prevent deposition of pollutants to the land and discharge to the storm drains.

(b) No person(s) shall stockpile contaminated soil in excess of five (5) cubic yards without submitting an application and receiving a permit from the authority. To apply for an on-site contaminated soil storage permit from the authority, all such person(s) shall pay to the authority all permit fee(s) required by 48.310, and submit a plan and details of the proposed action. The soil must be placed on an impervious surface and covered with plastic and shall not be stored for more than ninety (90) days. Stockpiling is to be considered a temporary condition and at time of application plans must be submitted for final treatment or disposal of contaminated soil. Failure to obtain a permit or maintain the condition of the stockpile is a violation of this chapter. (2002-Or-169, § 29, 11-8-02; 2006-Or-050, § 7, 5-12-06)

Last updated May. 1, 2013