Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Olmsted County Public Works Department is preparing to expand the county’s existing incinerator ash landfill between Rochester and Byron.

The Kalmar Landfall was specially designed to hold the ash generated by the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility and the Mayo Medical Waste Incinerator. The county is currently permitted by the state to fill 7 double-lined cells at the site and is now preparing to request permits for an additional 3 cells. A spokesman says the proposal also calls for modifying the plans for two already permitted cells that have yet to be developed.

The current capacity of the landfill is enough to handle the ash produced by the two incinerators for another 14 years. The proposed changes would add 32 years to the projected capacity of the facility. The county is hoping to secure the necessary permits for the project this winter and begin construction next Spring.

An open house-style public information meeting will be held next Thursday at the Kalmar Landfill from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. The landfill is located at 7401 19th Street Northwest about 4 miles west of Rochester.

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