Source of bad smell in Twin Cities southwest metro a mystery

What's that bad smell Wednesday morning in the Twin Cities southwest metro? The Scott County sheriff's office investigated the odor after receiving multiple complaints, and originally traced the foul smell to a landfill in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency confirmed they are doing work at the Eden Prairie landfill, which is long closed, but the agency is confident it is not the landfill that smells. The city of Eden Prairie was continuing to investigate the source of the foul smell, but made it clear that the odor is not a "hazard" or "threat to the public."

"The exact location and the cause of the smell has not been confirmed at this time," the Scott County sheriff's office posted on Facebook. "Several agencies continue to work to determine the cause of the odor."

NOTE: A previous version of this story stated that the Eden Prairie landfill is maintained by Republic Services. The landfill was actually owned by BFI from 1970 to 1988, but is currently owned by the State of Minnesota as part of the closed landfill remediation program.

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