MPCA fines firm over waste hazards at Minneapolis plant

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2011 - 9:48 PM

For decades, Interplastic Corporation's northeast Minneapolis plant has been the subject of neighborhood complaints over its emissions.

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danetikiSep. 8, 1110:52 PM

Capitalism at work: Injure your employees, sicken your neighbors, pay token amounts in fines. Thanks Republicans, for keeping those regulators from penalizing corporations who want to make a profit by any means necessary!

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refurnishSep. 8, 1111:10 PM

Is there a patten here ~ ? ~ Obviously, they would rather pay the fines than be a good corporate citizen and neighbor. The fines are picayune compared to the money they probably make and why placate the neighbors & city regulations if they are not Forced to do so. Its cheaper to run it on the 'cheap' and than to run it responsibly.

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ekholmSep. 8, 1111:25 PM

An interesting read related to this, from the dept of health is a report requested from the MPCA around 2001: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/hazardous/sites/hennepin/intrplstc0501.pdf

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cyberpunkSep. 8, 1111:43 PM

I drive by this site on my way home from work every day. Sometimes the odor is overpowering, even in the car with the windows rolled up. At times you can smell it as far west as Central Ave., 12 blocks away. Even regardless of potential health issues, the odor is vile and I couldn't imagine being exposed to it at my home. The neighbors asking Interplastic to clean up their act have my utmost sympathy.

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prariehomeSep. 8, 1111:46 PM

but, hey, who needs these silly PCA's? stories like this really bring focus to mind...self-regulation is foul's errand.

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kleindropperSep. 9, 11 6:28 AM

Shut it down and move it to China, like everything else.

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winsettzSep. 9, 11 7:10 AM

Think of what the neighbors would get under a "permissive" environment. Scary, eh?

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mjphelpsSep. 9, 11 7:31 AM

Isn't there a political candidate or two running on the platform of gutting environmental oversight and reducing regulations for companies like this? Great plan huh?

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mooheadSep. 9, 11 8:27 AM

We need to let these job creators go about their business, who needs environmental and safety regulations. Lets all vote GOP so these bothersome regulations can be repealed.

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washburnlkSep. 9, 11 8:34 AM

I agree with Moohead, think of all the jobs created in the healthcare industry and mortuary services by allowing even more emissions. China won't have problems with social security programs...No one there will live to reach retirement. We need to "compete".

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