Proposed Becker Recycling Facility Raises Air Quality Concerns

May 16, 2018 06:57 PM

People in one Sherburne County town are concerned about air quality when it comes to a new recycling facility. 

Northern Metals wants to build a recycling facility in Becker.


This spring, the company reached an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to move its operation out of north Minneapolis. As part of a settlement, the company paid $2.5 million fine. 

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Now some in Becker worry about pollution from the facility.

"We don't need more pollution here I don't think," Becker resident Bob Tischner said.

Northern Metals Chief Operating Officer Scott Helberg lives in Becker and said the facility would be safe. 

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"It's the same for me as for every other resident of Becker," Helberg said. "And I'm 100 percent confident that the equipment we're installing and the process we're putting together is absolutely safe.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said an environmental review is open for public comment through May 18.


Joe Mazan

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