Friday, April 18, 2008

The Mayor’s Office says the Midtown Burner Project will go forward Rybak says he’s not heard enough “public outrage” to convince him that the Burner is a problem
This is what community members were told in a meeting with staff from the Mayor's office on Friday, April 10, 2008.

So, if you thought the Burner was “dead,” think again!!
If Kandiyohi Development Partners (the Midtown Burner project owners) are able to negotiate a purchase agreement with Xcel Energy (or any other qualified power company) by Monday June 9, 2008, THE BURNER PROJECT WILL GO FORWARD. KDP has been working for some time to negotiate a power purchase agreement, and now they have only a few weeks left to pull it off. Don’t you think they will call on their friends with money and influence to put pressure on Xcel to sign on?

Mayor RT Rybak still supports the Burner. And his staff are saying that it will be built!
Read on to find out what the Mayor’s staff are saying, and what you can do to educate the Mayor and others on what you think about the Burner

Staff at the Mayor's office claim that neighborhood opposition to the Burner is weak -despite the fact that more than 700 residents have signed statements in opposition to the project, which have been delivered to the Mayor's office. Some residents have sent emails to the Mayor and, instead of receiving a response from the Mayor, they got a reply from Kim Havey at Kandiyohi Development Partners. Do you think this is a coincidence? Staff at the Mayor's office also claim that emissions from the Burner will be no more problematic than exhaust emissions from 24 cars over the course of a year. This is a myth, and it’s a great example of how people can mistake a "sound byte" for the truth. If the Mayor’s staff dig deeper, they will find that while the Burner emissions and exhaust from 24 cars may be comparable by weight, the content is decidedly different. A deeper analysis of the “24 cars” argument shows that:  In addition to nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water (the major components of typical car exhaust), the Burner will also be adding alarming amounts of sulfur, lead, benzene, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, manganese, styrene, toluene, arsenic, cadmium and mercury in addition to extremely fine particulate matter (nanoparticles, also known as “soot”) to the air that we all breathe.  Carbon dioxide, while not harmful to breathe and naturally occurring in our air, is a “greenhouse gas.” The total carbon dioxide emissions from the Midtown Burner will be equivalent to that produced by over 30,000 cars!  Cars also create toxic fumes including carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons, and nitrous oxides -- but the amount is less than 1% of a car’s emissions. The Burner will create all of these three "volatile organic compounds" (are similar to the unburned hydrocarbons from cars), but they make up a much larger proportion of the Burner’s emissions. A calculation adjusting for the proportion of these emissions shows that: o carbon monoxide: Burner emissions = 3,400 cars/year o volatile organic compounds: Burner emissions = 7,800 cars/year o nitrous oxide: Burner emissions = 29,000 cars/year

The Mayor claims he hasn’t heard enough public outrage about the Burner. Has he heard your opinion?
Are you outraged that you may be forced to breathe more sulfur, lead, benzene, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, manganese, styrene, toluene, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrous oxide, and nano particles (soot)? Are you outraged that the Mayor seems to be ignoring the messages from more than 700 people in the community? Are you outraged by the fact that elected officials who should be looking out for your interests are still supporting the Midtown Burner?

IF YOU’RE OUTRAGED, IT'S TIME TO LET THE MAYOR AND OTHERS KNOW!
please also send us copies of your correspondence and any response you get: Minneapolis Residents for Clean Air (612) 326-3308 mpls.residentsforcleanair@gmail.com For more background info, articles, and talking points on this issue: http://mplsresidentsforcleanair.blogspot.com/

Call, write, or e-mail: Mayor RT Rybak City Hall, Room 331 350 South Fifth Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 673-2100 rt@minneapolis.org David Sparby President, Xcel Energy, Inc. 414 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis MN 55401 Mr. Sparby’s policy assistant, Ms. Barb Bridgeman (612) 330-5901 Scott Wilenski Vice President for Regulartory and Governmental Affairs, Xcel Energy, Inc. 414 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis MN 55401 Mr. Wilensky’s policy assistant, Ms. Ann Johnson (612) 330-6403 Commissioner Peter McLaughlin is on record as opposing the Burner – urge him to say that to Dave Sparby and Steve Wilenski from Xcel! A2400 Government Center 300 South Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55487 612-348-3085 commissioner.mclaughlin@co.hennepin.mn.us Your Council Member http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ Cam Gordon, Gary Schiff, and Robert Lillegren are on record as opposing the Burner – urge them to say that to Dave Sparby and Steve Wilenski from Xcel!

Your State Senator http://geo.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/districts/start.html If your State Senator opposes the Burner, urge her/him to say that to Dave Sparby and Steve Wilenski from Xcel! Your State Representative http://geo.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/districts/start.html If your State Representative opposes the Burner, urge her/him to say that to Dave Sparby and Steve Wilenski from Xcel! Your Neighborhood Organization http://www.nrp.org/r2/Neighborhoods/Summary/NbhdSummary.html If your neighborhood organization opposes the Burner, urge them to say that to Dave Sparby and Steve Wilenski from Xcel! Representative Keith Ellison 1130 Longworth Building Washington, D.C. 20515-2305 (202) 225-4755 or (612) 522-1212 http://ellison.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87 Senator Norm Coleman 320 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5641 Web Form: coleman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Co... Senator Amy Klobuchar 302 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3244 Web Form: klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Jullonne Glad Juliet Thompson Betsy Sohn on behalf of Minneapolis Residents for Clean Air an ad hoc group of community volunteers holding elected officials accountable

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