Representative Phyllis Kahn, which has the Como neighborhood in her district, was one of the 14 signatories to the letter urging the Hennepin County board to have an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) done before increasing the amount of garbage, recyclables, & organic material burned at HERC. The proposal is to increase the amount burned from an average of 1000 tons/day to 1212 tons/day.
Kevin Duchschere at the Star Tribune covered this in "Minneapolis legislators seek limit on Hennepin County trash burner downtown" on April 15, 2011 -- "Fourteen Minneapolis legislators, hoping to prevent increased incineration at Hennepin County's downtown garbage burner, are urging further environmental study of a county request to operate the plant at capacity. The legislators sent a letter Friday to County Board Chair Mike Opat, asking the County Board to seek an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed expansion. . . "
Como residents concerned about garbage burning at HERC should contact their elected officials. Peter McLaughlin represents Como on the Hennepin County board. Phyllis Kahn is Como's State Representative. Larry Pogemiller is the State Senator. Kevin Reich and Cam Gordon represent Como on the Minneapolis City Council.