We received this word from the Chair, Gary Schiff, of the Zoning & Planning Committee of the Minneapolis City Council after the Committee met at 9:30 am on Thursday, February 28, 2013:
"I forwarded it to the clerk for inclusion in the public record. Today the committee took public testimony today [sic] and ultimately voted to continue the appeal until the EAW is complete and the determination of whether an EIS is required is made."
And, FYI -- public testimony was not allowed until AFTER THE VOTE WAS TAKEN! A more complete analysis will follow.
To view the 2/28/13 Mpls. Z & P Committee meeting.
HAVE YOUR SAY! Respond to Susan Hubbard's article for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 4, 2013:
by Ed Felien, Southside Pride, March 2013.
by Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, March 15, 2013.
Legislators Send Letter to Hennepin Co. Board
Fourteen Minneapolis members seek further environmental study before allowing the downtown plant to operate at capacity. For full story, click here.
HERC Asks Again for Expansion!
Hennepin county offifcials are asking for approval to use the downtown garbage burner at capacity. Opponents say it needs to do more recycling and composting.
By KEVIN DUCHSCHERE, Star Tribune
January 8, 2011
For full story, click here.
Pattern of Abuse from WTE -- this time, Maine
Mayor of Biddeford, ME says "We will not sit back & do nothing anymore"! . . . Richard Rhames, a longtime, outspoken opponent of Maine Energy, said he feels like DEP [Dept of Envir Protec] has been more concerned with “profit protection than environmental protection” when it comes to dealing with the trash plant. . . . the license as drafted would allow Maine Energy to send up to 75 tons of emissions into the air per year, whereas the federal limit is only about 60 tons. . . .
For complete article, click here.
Here's a Win/Win Solution to Incineration:
"Environmental justice advocates from across the U.S., the Teamsters Union, and neighborhood residents marched together this morning to the world’s largest waste incinerator [in Detroit, MI] to demand its closure." For complete story, click here.
"Asked why Teamsters would be supporting an action like this, one of them replied, 'We breathe the air too.' And, moreover, said organizer Alex Young, recycling operations in places like Oakland, Calif., are providing union members good-paying, green jobs." For complete story, click here.
Incinerators do not make waste disappear. For every five truckloads of waste burned, four truckloads are pumped into the atmosphere and one remains as toxic ash, which still must be carefully stored or landfilled.
For scientific details, see: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/planning/Thenextsteps/...
. . .the battle's not over!
"Bid to Burn More Trash Near Ballpark Turned Down", Star-Tribune, June 22, 2009.
"Mpls Residents Discuss Garbage Plan", (For Video, click here.) myFox9.com, 6/8/09. (Click on HERC tab above for more info.)
"Trash to Treasure Promises", Wisconsin Builder, March 31, 2010.
"Little Palisade Has a Big [& Bad] Idea", brainerddispatch.com, February 25, 2010.
Star Tribune, March 26, 2009, by Katie Humphrey.
"3M Wants to Burn Outside Waste in its Incinerator"
South Washington County Bulletin, April 8, 2009, by Jon Avise.
If you think there are no polluters in YOUR neighborhood, just put your zipcode into the Energy Justice Network's map of polluters. Go to: energyjustice.net/map
CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA and SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR:
It is always helpful to contact President Obama, as well all levels of your public officials, to express your concern that burning garbage is currently hidden in many laws and government initiatives within the definitions of "biomass" and "renewable energy". These are the buzz words of our times as we try fervently to get away from our dependence on fossil fuels.
It is our understanding that Senator Amy Klobuchar currently supports providing stimulus money for the burning of biomass as a "renewable" energy. Let Senator Klobuchar know that burning ANY solid fuel is a threat to public health from nano-particulates, that burning biomass INCREASES CO2 & that the black soot from burning biomass contributes to global warming. We must NOT give government support -- OUR TAX DOLLARS! -- to the outdated technology of incineration! Sen. Klobuchar can be reached at: (202) 224-3244
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR SIGNS?
PLEASE DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR SIGNS!! YOU MAY TAKE THEM DOWN FOR NOW--
We say FOR NOW, because until we see contracts signed and the anaerobic digesters built, we shall not rest. Many of us are keeping them in the garage for a "just in case." It is up to you. We will be happy to pick them up or you can drop them off. (See Below). In the event that we have to gear up the campaign we can redistribute them. Other communities will also be needing them as this burning garbage is an international PR campaign by the incinerator and garbage industry on our public officials at all levels.
Councilman Russ Stark made the statement at the City Council meeting: "Well, we hope to see a lot less of those green signs now." If you do decide to take down your NAB sign, PLEASE DO NOT THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE to be ground up and burned, producing dioxin, etc.. We have plans for re-use and recycle. When possible, we also need the stakes which cost $1 a piece as well.
Contact us at 651-647-9908 (for yard sign information only, please) and you can drop them off or we will pick them up.
CONTRIBUTION TO NAB IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!
We celebrate NAB being successful this year in stopping 2 burners in the Twin Cities. We could have not done it without you! However in the final push, the core group had to spend a significant amount to take the project home. We would appreciate it if you could continue to help us pay off this debt.
Your contribution is tax-deductible. Make checks out to Neighbors Against the Burner and send them in ANY AMOUNT to 2098 Carroll Ave. St. Paul, Minn. 55104
WHAT IS AHEAD FOR NAB?
Kandiyohi Partners, the group behind the Midtown Ecoburner, has now proposed to the little town of Rockford to build a "biomass" burner. The citizens there are not happy. Veolia Garbage wants to build a garbage burner in the beautiful town of Fairmont. There is a proposal to burn in Perham. These citizens are not happy.
We have wind of plans for many burners. This madness must stop! We ask your continued support as we help other communities. Remember, dioxin and other pollutants circle the globe and thin the atmosphere. NAB will continue to update our website, neighborsagainsttheburner.org, to keep you posted and for you to consult for questions.
Thank you again to all involved for your support and efforts throughout these past two years. NAB wishes you all a happy and prosperous New Year with good health and a clean environment for all!
Sincerely and respectfully,
ALL OF NAB & Nancy Hone, Coordinator and Founder
NEIGHBORS AGAINST THE BURNER
For a feature story about NAB's founder, Nancy Hone, see Women's Press, July 8, 2008. Click here.
Burning our forests to "create" energy is an unsustainable practice -- LET'S NOT DO IT!
Wise words in May 2008 from Denny Haldeman, Forest Activist:
"People forget where forests come from and how they sustain themselves. There's this thing called nutrient equilibrium where a tree takes more out of the soil than it gives back until a certain age when it is returning more than it took, building soil for forest continuation. Most pine farming in the US is done now at younger and younger ages where they never reach nutrient equilibrium with the host soils. That's why the pine farm industry is using aerial spraying of chemical fertilizers to try to mitigate some of that soil rape. People are being sickened by this wholesale poisoning of the soil and surrounding lands. For more info, see: http://www.socm.org/toxics.html
I planted 880,000 pines in the early 80's when the back was stronger and I thought I was doing something beneficial. The rotations then were 30-45 years between plantings. Southern pines have about a 30 year nutrient equilibrium depending on the site. Rotations now are down to 15-20 years. Plantations are still rapidly replacing native woodlands to try to meet demand. The soils on the Cumberland Plateau, where I live, can support about 3-4 rotations before the soil gives out according to one State Forester who let it slip in a public hearing.
I have also planted in northern Wisconsin where one in three attempts at a hole for a seedling was met with rock. There's a thin brown line between life and death on this planet, a mere few inches thick. That's yet another reason to recycle as much as possible instead of incinerate. If the folks in the Black Hills were serious about forest health, in their wildfire paranoia scams, they would mulch it onsite and return it to the forest floor."
Neighbors Against the Burner invites you to check out these web pages for more specific information about the proposed energy solution for the St. Paul Rock-Tenn plant. We also offer you extensive research on the hazards of creating energy through incineration. Please visit our "Contact" page if you have further questions.