Hennepin Co. Wants to Burn More Garbage near Target Field | Environment
Should Hennepin County burn more garbage at its plant near Target Field?
The county is proposing to increase the amount of waste they process at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center by roughly 11 percent, or an additional 40,000 tons of waste per year.
Currently, Covanta Energy burns 365,000 tons a year. Covanta Energy says it's asking that the garbage burner "be allowed to operate at capacity, increasing the amount of electricity and steam produced at the facility, according to the county website. County officials say it will reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills, give more electrical power and steam for downtown Minneapolis and Target Field, maximize the efficiency of the plant and generate dollars to help improve the county's recycling and composting programs.
The county also argues on its website that by running at capacity, the facility will be more in compliance with the state's Waste Management Act, which promotes sending less waste to landfills.
According to the county's Environmental Assessment Worksheet (required by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), burning more garbage at the plant will not be a health risk to the community. Officials also say this would mean 14 more transfer trailer trucks delivering waste to the plant, instead of hauling it to the Elk River landfill.
A 30-day public comment period will open, once the MPCA publishes an official announcement in the EQB Monitor, a process that takes several months.
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