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April 12, 2010
Incinerator bill killed in committee
A bill that would have stalled 3M's plan to begin burning outside hazardous waste at its Cottage Grove incinerator won't get to the Senate floor, a major setback to officials at the local and state level who have worked to prevent the changes from going forward. The proposed legislation...
April 12, 2010 - 12:03pm
March 25, 2010
Local leaders urge lawmakers to halt incinerator plan
Local elected officials on Wednesday took their fight to stop proposed changes at the 3M Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator to the State...
March 25, 2010 - 9:32am
March 24, 2010
Local leaders to speak before Senate committee about incinerator
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...
March 24, 2010 - 4:10pm
March 3, 2010
Viewpoint: 'Connect the dots' on incinerator
On Monday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. a Community Leaders Meeting will be held at Cottage Grove City Hall. As a result of the 3M proposal to burn outside waste in its incinerator, residents organized to form a group called the Independent Coalition of Concerned Cottage Grove Citizens....
March 3, 2010 - 8:10am
February 19, 2010
Viewpoint: Mayor on Cottage Grove's incinerator stance
In 1970, the City Council of Cottage Grove, a community of about 10,000 persons at the time, issued a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow the 3M Company to build and operate a hazardous waste incinerator on their Cottage Grove plant site. That incinerator received a significant...
February 19, 2010 - 12:35pm
February 17, 2010
Viewpoint: Commission's opinion on incinerator ignored
I am deeply concerned over the action taken by the Cottage Grove City Council on the 3M Incinerator proposal. Not only did the City Council ignore the recommendation of the Cottage Grove Planning Commission, it has hamstrung our city's largest employer without providing any environmental...
February 17, 2010 - 7:58am
February 12, 2010
Our View: Thank the public for incinerator decision
At a time when a lot of the ills in American society are blamed on the apathy of the public -- on its penchant to care more about who wins American Idol than who wins elections -- we're encouraged that south Washington County residents are bucking the trend by caring enough about...
February 12, 2010 - 8:16am
February 3, 2010
Commercial incinerator ban on the table Wednesday
Commercial waste incinerators would be banned in Cottage Grove under a zoning ordinance amendment city council members will consider Wednesday night. The proposed amendment is a response to a push last year from 3M Co. to begin accepting waste not produced by the company for incineration...
February 3, 2010 - 8:07am
November 5, 2009
CG council moves to ban commercial incinerators
Cottage Grove City Council members moved Wednesday to shift some authority over proposed changes at the 3M Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator back to local officials, directing staff to draw up an amendment to the city's land use codes that would ban commercial incinerators...
November 5, 2009 - 1:36am
November 4, 2009
Mayor wants it guaranteed: no commercial incineration
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...
November 4, 2009 - 7:51am
October 28, 2009
'A five-year guarantee'
3M would include a condition that prohibits the company from accepting compensation for burning non-3M waste in its 3M Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator if city council members -- and, then, pollution control agency officials -- approve of a Cottage Grove environmental task...
October 28, 2009 - 1:00am
September 24, 2009
'Enough is enough' group of CG residents tells task force
Just say no. Cottage Grove Environmental Task Force members heard that message often Wednesday during an emotional forum held to gather public input on the 3M Co.
September 24, 2009 - 12:01am
May 21, 2009
3M suspends incinerator proposal for now, city will form environmental advisory group
May 21, 2009 - 12:23am
May 20, 2009
Current request recalls incinerator's inception
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...
May 20, 2009 - 1:01pm
Letter: Support 3M permit change
I disagree with the city of Cottage Grove's plan to approve a resolution opposing the change in the 3M incinerator permit. First, I will tell you that I am both a lifetime resident of Cottage Grove (50 years) and an employee of 3M Cottage Grove. I am proud to have grown up and lived...
May 20, 2009 - 10:00am