Local leaders to speak before Senate committee about incineratorSieben, Bigham author bills that would define -- and ban -- commercial incinerators in Minnesota
Local elected officials and the leader of a concerned citizens group will speak before a Senate committee at the State Capitol Wednesday evening about their efforts to block 3M’s proposal to begin burning third-party waste at its Cottage Grove incinerator.
Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey, Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson and former 3M executive and past Cottage Grove City Council member Fred Luden -- who now heads a citizens’ group opposed to the plan -- are set to speak before the Senate’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committee in St. Paul.
Their comments will come during a hearing on a bill authored by Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, that would prohibit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from permitting a facility to, even for free, burn third-party hazardous waste.
3M have proposed to amend its permits that govern the incinerator to allow the company to burn non-3M hazardous chemical waste at its Cottage Grove facility. Company officials have said 3M could save up to $2 million by replacing natural gas burned currently to supplement a dwindling supply of waste with third-party waste.
Pollution Control Agency officials have said state laws do not differentiate between commercial and non-commercial facilities, and that they are likely to approve the changes.
Sieben said the bill fills that gap, and defines what 3M hopes to do as commercial.
Check swcbulletin.com for more on this story.