Mpls. City Council committee to hear trash burning proposal

A Minneapolis City Council committee hearing Thursday morning will discuss a long-delayed proposal to burn more trash at the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center downtown.

County officials and Covanta Energy, which runs the steam and power plant, want to use its full capacity and burn another 212 tons of garbage daily. The Minneapolis city planning commission denied the request in 2009.

The Council's zoning and planning committee will review an appeal from the county on Thursday. Councilman Gary Schiff said the county has been delaying its appeal for nearly four years.

"I think it's a matter of good government. If the county's not ready to move forward with their application, they should withdraw it and start all over when they are ready," Schiff said.

Schiff said the county is waiting for an air pollution report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He said extra pollution from the garbage burner could harm people in north Minneapolis. Hennepin County and Covanta officials were not immediately available for comment.

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