In a letter dated September 30, 2009, the E.P.A. sent a letter to the City of Red Wing, which in part states:
“This letter advises you that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (or we) has determined that the Red Wing Solid Waste Boiler Facility at 1873 Bench St., Red Wing, MN (Red Wing SWBF) has violated the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Federal Plan Requirements for Small Municipal Waste Combustion (MWC) Units Constructed On or Before August 30, 1999 (the Small MWC FTP). We have provided below a list of the requirements violated. We are today issuing to you a Finding of Violation (FOV).”
Click the above logo to read the EPA letter and attached Finding of Violation.
The Finding of Violation specifically addresses excessive release of Cadmium and Mercury into the atmosphere. This issue is not on the Council agenda for June 14th, but is generally referenced in the Administrator’s report here. The public deserves to know the nature of the alleged violations and the original proposed penalty, where the City is at with negotiations, and how much in attorney’s fees has been spent to date on this issue. My understanding is that the original penalty was substantial.
As a matter of public policy, these alleged public health violations should have seen the light of day immediately. The public has a right to know, and the City has a duty to inform. No discussion of this violation was held at the October, 2009 Council meetings, and now is seemingly buried in a status report. This is not acceptable.