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A new law in Minnesota is adding fuel to activists' campaign to get a problematic incinerator shut down.
March 2, 2023
A new state law in Minnesota is paving the way to increase clean energy in the state and has deemed that a trash burner in Hennepin County is no longer a renewable power source, fueling some activists campaign to have it shut down.
Environmental justice advocates have been arguing that the Hennepin County Energy Center (HERC) in Minnesota is spreading harmful emissions over nearby neighborhoods north of Minneapolis. And while the new law will likely mark the end of the HERC, no specific date has been given for a shutdown.
Nazir Khan, an organizer with the Minnesota Environmental Justice Table has said that, “the fundamental problem is that we are generating too much waste,” and that the incinerator, “disincentives the county from actually addressing the waste problem.”
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