Pentachlorophenol Meeting December 4
There will be a public meeting on December 4, at 7 pm at Matthews Center (2701 East 24th St) for Xcel Energy and concerned Seward residents about power poles treated with pentachlorophenol. To learn more, please see the press release from the neighborhood below:
SEWARD NEIGHBORS CONCERNED ABOUT NEW PESTICIDE-TREATED UTILITY
POLES INSTALLED IN MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENTIAL AREAS
Residents of the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis have raised concerns about the offensive odor and potential health risks of new power poles being installed by Xcel Energy throughout the city of Minneapolis, and specifically in the Seward neighborhood. The new power poles are treated with a chemical mix of fuel oil plus pentachlorophenol pesticide and its by-products, including dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to science. These poles are replacing older, damaged poles in residential areas. Hundreds of these poles have already been installed. Up to 600 more are slated for installation in Minneapolis in the near future. The board of the Seward Neighborhood Group passed a resolution in July 2008 opposing the use of these poles in Seward and asking for their removal.
The Seward Neighborhood Group is hosting a public information meeting with Xcel Energy
about this issue on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Matthews Park Community Center, 2701 East 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Representatives from Xcel Energy, the national Penta Council, and the Koppers Company that supplies the Penta-treated poles to Xcel Energy will present information at the meeting and be available for questions and discussion with city residents.
Pentachlorophenol pesticide is completely banned in 26 countries around the world, and it was banned 20 years ago by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for all over-the-counter applications. Its use as a treatment for utility poles was exempted. Neighbors are concerned about the offensive odor from the special oil used to pressure-inject the pentachlorophenol into the new poles, and the potential for the release of harmful toxins like dioxin into the air and soil.
The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) is one of the oldest neighborhood organizations in
Minneapolis. SNG was established in 1960 to make Seward a better place to live, work, and play and is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the official citizen participation organization within the boundaries of the Seward neighborhood.