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Current request recalls incinerator's inception

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3M Co.'s push to begin burning third-party hazardous waste in its Cottage Grove incinerator has a familiar ring to Conway Olson -- the longtime resident was a member of the village council in early 1970 when the city's largest employer proposed construction of the waste burner.

His concerns then echo those of the current council nearly 40 years later, Olson said last week: "If you give them an inch they'll take a yard -- or a mile."

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