Local officials tell a Senate committee that a 3M plan to burn outside hazardous waste holds no benefit for Cottage Grove residents and would place the burden of additional pollution on a city already weary of chemical waste.
Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said he will not vote to approve a list of recommendations issued last week by a task force that studied proposed amendments to 3M’s hazardous waste incinerator permits without an agreement to insert language permanently prohibiting commercial incineration at the site.
Cottage Grove Task Force on the Environment recommends including condition in 3M incinerator permit amendments that would prevent commercial operation of the facility — but it's only guaranteed for five years, when permit must be renewed and changes could be made.
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.
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