HERC garbage burner

Current Action Alert for Feb 28th, 2013!!!!!

The HERC (Hennepin Energy Recovery Center) garbage burner located in downtown Minneapolis is seeking an expansion of the current permitted limits of 1000 tons of garbage burned per day to 1,212 tons per day.  This facility that is operated by Covanta Energy and owned by Hennepin county was identified as the largest source of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin in 2002 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  This form of dioxin is the same form that was the active ingredient in the chemical defoliant "Agent Orange".  Expanding garbage burning at the site will result in more trash being trucked in from farther and farther away and more air pollution including more mercury, lead, and other heavy metals released into our air, water, and soil.  









The SE Como Improvement Association has taken a stance against expanding garbage burning at HERC and has a history of working with polluters to arrive at positive solutions to current bad practices.  

More than half of what is currently being burned at the burner is recyclables and compost, which results in a trifold cost to the community: a loss of revune from recyclables, a cost to burn, and a cost in our health.  

We hope that you will join us in working to make Minneapolis a greener and cleaner City.  We will try to keep you posted on public meetings and notices on this site.







Public Hearing, Minneapois Zoning & Planning

Conditional Use Permit (to expand burning)

  • repeatedly postponed since July 23,2009, pending
  • contact your councilmember or the mayor to voice your concerns



Public Meeting and Comment on HERC Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

  • pending, a worksheet was completed by Covanta, we are awaiting a public comment period (March 2011)

HERC plume blog