Click here for links to the actual Good Neighbor Agreements signed with Ritrama and Rock-Tenn (near bottom of the page).
SECIA has led the way on citizen activism on air quality issues in the
metro area for a number of years. This was recognized by the 2008 Governor's Award, which acknowledged our work with
local industry to set up stakeholder dialogues and ultimately reach
Good Neighbor Agreements. Additionally, SECIA has been recognized in the media as a leader in air quality issues.
"Justin Eibenholzl was hired by
the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) in April of 2001 as
an environmental coordinator to address the number one concern of its
residents: air pollution. Since then, he has gone so far beyond the
original goals of the project that his position has become something
completely different, according to James De Sota, neighborhood
coordinator for SECIA." What source is this article from? read more
Globe Tool signs Good Neighbor Agreement with neighborhoods!
Photos of the Globe Tool-Great Batch Good Neighbor Agreement signing (May 2008)
The agreement brokered by SECIA focuses on Globe
implementing the improvements identified by the MnTAP
intern that we helped set up last summer.
That intern identified ways for Globe to reduce up to 92% of their
Trichloroethylene (mutagen/developmental toxicant) emissions (individually) or
about 67% cumulatively if all steps were taken to reduce emissions. This is substantial considering Globe emits
between 25,000 and 30,000 lbs of this air toxic every year and that this
facility has been one identified by SECIA for a long time to approach about reductions.
Based on conversations with the
facility, most of the recommendations have been followed and they are working on
capital improvements to complete the rest. This agreement is a
win-win for both the industry (saving money/reducing liability) and the
community (less air toxics from a point source).
Globe has continued to honor the agreement by providing
supplies to the Como Clean-up in Spring 2008, and attended our
Village Kick-off in April 2008. There was a story in the MN Daily last November about the reductions achieved from this effort.
Other news about Air Quality and SECIA's efforts