East Side env. issues

This page collects relevant environmental issues that have occurred on Minneapolis' East Side in recent years.  We are providing links to important reports, media and other organizations to help East Side residents stay informed.

SECIA has created the most awesome superfund expanation page!!!  Here is the link...

City's direction related to industry and the East Side

Minneapolis' East Side has 3 of the city's 6 industrial areas:  Mid-City, SEMI (South East Minneapolis Industrial), and Shoreham Yards.  

The Minneapolis Plan, approved in October 2009, indicates the City's intent to downzone the scattered industrial property throughout Minneapolis and move all industrial activity to the 6 industrial areas:  3 on the East Side, 2 in North, and 1 in South Minneapolis.  The downzoning of the scattered properties has already begun.  Discussions and decisions on these types of issues can be found by following the Minneapolis Council Committee on Zoning and Planning.

State legislation that was passed in 2008 directs the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to analyze and consider cumulative levels and effects of past and current pollution before issuing an air permit to any facility in the area in South Minneapolis that includes the arsenic triangle Superfund site plus a 1/2 mile buffer in each direction.  This area also includes the only designated industrial area on the entire south side of the City.  It is yet to be determined if the cumulative levels and effects analysis will deter or deny facilities from applying for or receiving air permits in this area.  If it does, it means that all future industrial properties will need to be located in North Minneapolis or on the East Side and the East Side industrial areas are much larger than those designated in North Minneapolis.  

We think it is fundamentally unfair that only residents, property owners and retail businesses in these areas will have to deal with the negative effects of being located next to all of the City's industry (e.g. traffic, pollution, health effects).
"Industrial Land Use and Environmental Impacts"

A GIS study of the East Side of Minneapo
lis was completed in the Fall of 2009 by Peter Truax of Macalaster College for Windom Park Citizens in Action with the assistance of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.  The full PDF report with color GIS maps is available for download here (10+MBs / 71 pages).

Highlights from the GIS study:  at the time of this report, the East Side contained 64% of all of MInneapolis' industrial land and had 827 sites of environmental concern as listed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; 37% of all land on the East Side was zoned industrial.

Bituminous Roadways proposed asphalt plant
- On November 29, 2010, the Roseville City Council voted unanimously to deny the conditional use permit for storage of outdoor materials, and the asphalt plant itself.

Bridal Veil Pond (SE Como neighborhood / SE Mpls Industrial Area)

Campus Beyond Coal
  • 340 27th Ave NE, Minneapolis (Holland neighborhood)
  • 1024 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (U of M property in the SE Como neighborhood)

EPA arsenic soil transfer site at 900 E. Hennepin Ave. (SE Como neighborhood, 2010)

Greatbatch Globe Tool reduces TCE emissions (Good Neighbor Agreement)

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) garbage burner
  • (Downtown Minneapolis)

Interplastic Corporation

Minnesota Superfund sites

Opportunities to get involved in the community on these issues:

  • East Side United is a new group meeting on an ad hoc basis on these issues, email for more info
  • Southeast Como Improvement Association's environment committee meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (7 p.m.) at Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE), email for more info

Mississippi River

NE Minneapolis Community Vermiculite Investigation (2005)

Prospect Foundry

Rail lines
  • railroad spraying herbicides, near 20th & Talmadge Aves SE

Ritrama reduces toluene emissions (Good Neighbor Agreement)University of Minnesota Fay Thompson Center for Environmental Management

University of Minnesota proposed Combined Heat & Power plant (August 2011)

Van Cleve Court (former Bunge site) Voluntary Investigation & Cleanup (VIC)

Van Cleve Park

Xcel Riverside plant converted to natural gas (2009)

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