3M wants permission to burn industrial waste from other companies, as well as its own, at its Cottage Grove incinerator. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says even with the additional waste 3M will be burning far less than its permit allows. But a group of neighbors is gearing up for a fight at this month's MPCA meeting, saying "pollution for profit" should not be approved.
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3M given final OK to burn imported materials in Cottage Grove
After more than three-years, a state pollution control board voted unanimously to grant 3M a controversial permit to start burning hazardous waste from other companies at its incinerator. Some residents oppose the plan to import waste because of concerns it will endanger public health. Both 3M and the MPCA dispute those claims.
Neighbors fighting 3M plan to import hazardous waste for burning
3M already operates a hazardous waste incinerator in Cottage Grove. But the company generates too little waste to make its operation viable. Its proposal to bring in hazardous waste from elsewhere to be burned in Cottage Grove has some residents worried. They want the state to study the impact of such a move.
MPCA board won't require environmental review of 3M incinerator
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency threw out a petition from residents concerned about the health impact of toxic chemicals. 3M wants to import and burn hazardous waste from other companies at its incinerator in Cottage Grove. The board will discuss the new permit to allow non-3M waste next month.
3M will clean up groundwater in Cottage Grove
The company has agreed to clean up groundwater that is now polluted with industrial toxins. But, as the Star Tribune reports, one much harder problem remains: how to remove PFCs from wastewater before the company's manufacturing plant in Cottage Grove sends it into the Mississippi.
Cottage Grove puts Walmart decision on hold
The final approval on proposed Walmart store in Cottage Grove has been put on hold. Walmart requested that city commission members delay making the recommendation so the store could address some unanswered questions. The proposed 78,000-square-foot store will be built on 22 acres of land occupied by the Cottage View Drive-In, one of the metro area's two remaining drive-in movie theaters.
Drive-in fans heading to Cottage Grove one last time
The Twin Cities were once home to 28 drive-in theaters. But that number will be down to one after Thursday. Parents who want their kids to experience a drive-in are heading to the final week of the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove.
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