Increase in garbage burning heads to city again

by Briana Bierschbach

Officials from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center is headed to a Minneapolis committee Thursday to appeal a Planning Commission decision to not allow a 20 percent increase in garbage-burning.

The county says the facility was designed to burn about 1,200 tons of garbage per year, but  1987 city restriction keeps the limit at 1,000 tons.


The county says an increase in burning will provide 10 percent more energy to downtown, while opponents are concerned about health factors involved with sending more particles into the air.


The burner, which is located next door to the new Minnesota Twins Ballpark, doesn’t concern officials with the Minnesota Ballpark Association, who cite an environmental impact study that said an increase in burning would not impact Twins fans, according to an earlier story in the Minnesota Daily.