Minnesota lawmakers authorized the formation of a task committee on Sunday evening to determine out the best methods to clean up St. Paul’s Pig’s Eye landfill.
The dump is located in St. Paul’s biggest and most ignored regional park, a 350-acre swale of public wetlands and prairie that borders Pig’s Eye Lake and the Mississippi River on the city’s East Side.
It’s also filthy, with levels of heavy metals like mercury and PFAS/PFOS – chemicals found in home items — that might endanger animals and downstream populations that rely on the river for drinking water.
The measure to create the task group by October received bipartisan support, but its fate remained unknown until the penultimate night of the Legislature for a variety of political and procedural reasons.
The law now heads to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk for his signing.