Let City Shut Down Company Causing Lead Poisoning

Target: Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator

Goal: Give cities the right to shut down industrial facilities polluting their communities.

Northern Minneapolis has the highest rates of lead poisoning in the city, and the highest rates of asthma hospitalization in the entire state. This part of the city also happens to be mostly a minority area with median income falling below $35,000/year. There are many production facilities and other industry in the area whose pollution is leading to the high asthma and lead poisoning rates. One of these companies has recently been reprimanded for violating an emissions permit, but is still allowed to function for at least the next three years.

The community has been working for years to have the industrial facilities in this area moved or shut down, hoping to stop some of the damage that has been done already. But, per usual, the city officials and company are caught in a bureaucratic stalemate. After the violation of the permit, the city only required the recently-reprimanded facility to shut down part of its production. This is because the city technically does not have the power to shut down all production from the company. This fact needs to be changed.

The city must be given power to stop production that has serious, harmful effects on the surrounding communities. Too often minority and low income communities are overlooked and forced to live near industrial facilities that cause health problems. Companies that do this cannot be allowed to continue to produce in a way that injures the community. The well being of these people is far more important than the financial loss or the work necessary to shut down a production facility.

Sign this petition to give the city the power to shut down this company, and protect the residents of northern Minneapolis.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Klobuchar,

The zip code for Northern Minneapolis has the highest rate of lead poisoning in the city, and the highest rate of asthma hospitalization in the state. Currently the city government has only shut down part of one of the many facilities causing these health problems in the area. As you know, this part of Minneapolis is mostly low income and minority families.

This is yet another instance of marginalized communities being overlooked when it comes to corporate profit and bureaucratic functions. This company needs to be shut down, and currently there is no plan of closing the facility or moving it for the next three years. That amount of time is far too much time for this community to continue to be exposed to the poisons in the air.

The city is unable to shut the entire company down because it lacks the amount of power. That power must be given to the cities in order for them to look after the best interests on their communities, and not the interests of the corporations.

Use your power in government to give cities the power to control what industry functions within the city limits, and how that industry can effect communities.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Brenda Denno says:

    The city should be able to shut down the facilities that are a danger and a threat to people’s health. So many times, when action is not taken, it is the poor and the minorities that are affected, and nobody seems to listen to them or care about them. Such a travesty. Something needs to change.

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