This week, SECIA's Environmental Coordinator Justin Eibenholzl, participated in a discussion panel on KFAI's radio show called "Truth to Tell". The topic was the Hennepin Garbage Burner (otherwise known as the HERC), and the proposal to increase the amount of garbage burned there by 21%. Other panelists were State Rep. Frank Hornstein, (DFL-60B) - Minneapolis, Darrell Gerber - Clean Water Action Program Coordinator, Nancy Hone of Neighbors Against the Burner and Minneapolis Neighbors for Clean Air. To hear the archive of the show go to KFAI's Website.
SECIA staff have researched the emissions from the HERC incinerator and has identified significant releases of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, along with pollutants like particulates and nitrogen oxides. All are detrimental to public health. The heavy metals are unsafe at any level and are the reason why the City of Minneapolis has a lead abatement program. The most significant finding has been the releases of Dioxin, the most toxic substance known to humankind. In 2002, the HERC incinerator accounted for 51.89% of all 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-P-Dioxin, making the HERC the largest source of Dioxin in the State for that year (Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Environmental Air Data Access).
The SECIA board has submitted a comment letter to the Zoning and Planning Committee. A copy of the letter is attached below. In the letter the board recommends the following: