Kandiyohi Partners Approach Rockford, MN
On October 7, 2008, the same Kandiyohi Partners who were defeated in the Phillips neighborhood, proposed to the City Council of Rockford MN a wood-burning biomass plant. For detailed information, see:
Looking like NAB (Not in Anybody's Backyard!)
Wood-Burning Power Plant Seeks New Minneapolis Home, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Saturday, June 14, 2008.
NO ECO BURNER IN PHILLIPS NEIGHBORHOOD!
(See Local Media Coverage below)
Minneapolis Residents for Clean Air
Residents of the Minneapolis Midtown community formed this group and have been effectively advocating for the cancellation of the Kandiyohi Partners project to build an Eco Burner in their neighborhood which they are convinced is a danger to community health and sustainability.
Click here for current and comprehensive information meticulously collected by a citizen member of Minnneapolis Residents for Clean Air to counter Kandiyohi Partner's glib claim that the Midtown Eco-Energy Project would be as harmless as “24 additional cars in the Phillips Neighborhood.”
Click here to read the text of the 2008 Neighborhood Project of the Year award that the Stop the Midtown Burner Coalition received.
Local Media Coverage
No Burner in Phillips Neighborhood by Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, June 7, 2008.
Xcel Leaves Developers Powerless on "Midtown Burner" Project by Burl Gilyard, Finance and Commerce, May 27, 2008.
Minneapolis Poised to Scrap Land Sale Tied to Disputed Power Plant by Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, April 8, 2008.
Minneapolis "Midtown Burner" Plan Could Go Up In Smoke by Burl Gilyard, FINANCE and COMMERCE, March 27, 2008.
Wood-Burning Plant Embroiled in Politics by Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, March 20, 2008
Burner Opponents Turn Out for City Council Meeting by Mary Turck, Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 21, 2008
Public Money for Private Business: Empowerment Zone Bonding for Former Director's Project by Dan Gordon, Twin Cities Daily Planet, February 14, 2008
March Meltdown Ahead for Midtown Eco-Energy? by Mary Turck and Dan Gordon, Twin Cities Daily Planet, January 9, 2008
Neighbors Blast Proposed Phillips Biomass Plant at Public Hearing by Dan Gordon, Twin Cities Daily Planet, December 14, 2007. A standing-room only crowd overwhelmed the moderator at the December 13 public hearing and blasted both the developers and the MPCA.
Green Fuel or Greenwashing? by Dan Gordon, Twin Cities Daily Planet, September 9, 2007. Kandiyohi Development's proposal for a biomass plant in the Phillips neighborhood at Lake and Hiawatha.
A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack, by Jonathan Kaminsky, City Pages, September 7, 2007.
Environmental Assessment Worksheet
The Phillips neighborhood, along with other community groups, requested that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency conduct an Environnmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed Midtown Eco Energy Project. The following Green Institute document , dated December 7, 2007, voices a number of remaining concerns about the proposed burner and underscores the need for an EAW to be submitted by Kandiyohi Partners to clarify some of these issues. The MPCA is in receipt of these requests; you can click here to read the current status for this EAW request.
Mayors' Forum on Green Initiatives
From the Mayors’ Forum on Green Initiatives held on November 27, 2007, we learned that Minneapolis Mayor Rybak is currently supportive of the proposed incinerator at Lake and Hiawatha. However, Mayor Rybak is quite visionary about Zero Waste and other sustainabity issues, and he’s asking for feedback on green initiatives from constituents. It’s our opportunity to educate Mayor Rybak about the very negative aspects of incineration! Contact Information for Mayor Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council.