What We Do
Provide assistance and training, and act as a liaison on material and waste issues for other regulatory agencies
Regulated Material Management
- Provide technical assistance to MnDOT staff on regulated material identification, handling, storage and disposal practices and waste minimization in order to provide cost savings, reduce department liability and ensure compliance with applicable environmental regulations.
- Provide regulated material training: refresher, just-in-time and customized special waste training available.
- Act as a technical liaison on regulated material and waste issues with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other regulatory agencies.
Abandoned Container Program
- Provide technical assistance on department procedures in responding to abandoned containers in highway right-of-way.
- Provide abandoned container training upon request.
- MnDOT Technical Memorandum on abandoned container process (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Abandoned Container Notification and Assessment Form (DOC 0.5 MB)
- Explosives (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Meth labs (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Chemical suicide (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Shipping Paper for Using County HHW (Word 0.5 MB)
Internal Audits - Evaluate MnDOT’s regulated waste stream management practices throughout the department to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations. Make recommendations to correct and/or avoid potential areas of noncompliance.
External Audits - Evaluate waste management practices of contractors that accept or propose to accept MnDOT waste for recycling or disposal. Determine if the level of environmental risk and liability associated with the contractor’s waste management practices are acceptable for MnDOT to use the facility.
- MnDOT Technical Memorandum on waste management and selection process of disposal/recycling contractors
Building and Bridge Demolition/Relocation Program
- Provide assistance on building demolition/relocation and bridge demotion/rehabilitation projects to ensure proper identification and management of regulated materials.
Paint Removal Procedures
- Ensure that paint removal operations are conducted in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations.
- Provide information necessary in planning a paint removal operation with methods that are practical and cost effective.
- Protect the environment from potential releases of lead-containing material and other particulate matter.
- Statewide PCB bridge paint study - 2014 (PDF)
- Statewide vinyl bridge paint investigation for chromium report - 2013 (PDF)
- MnDOT steel structure paint removal program
Roadway Incident Response
- Provide guidance for responding quickly to vehicle fluid spills and loss of cargo in order to protect motorist safety, minimize impacts to the environment, ensure proper cleanup and open the roadway to travel.