Above and beyond. The MPCA recognizes 3M Company for partnering with law enforcement to incinerate illegal drugs.
In the past, law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota had to stockpile illegal drugs seized from criminals, and later escort the drugs under guard out of state to be safely destroyed. It was a risky and expensive process. But nowadays, thanks to a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the 3M Company, those drugs get safely and cleanly destroyed at the 3M incinerator in Cottage Grove.
Once it was shown that the drugs could be incinerated at 3M’s existing facility, in a way that neither violated regulations nor added harm to the environment, the MPCA reissued air and hazardous waste permits to allow 3M to burn these specific wastes.
Securely storing, safely transporting, and paying for out-of-state disposal was costing law enforcement tens of thousands of dollars every year. 3M has been providing drug incineration services to law enforcement free of charge since this partnership was forged, and approved in late 2013. Prior to that, the nearest facility that could destroy the drugs was in southwestern Illinois.
According to 3M Cottage Grove site director Mike Bahma, the partnership is a win-win for the community and for 3M, “because we have the incinerator and are pleased to offer this service to the community, the taxpayers, and the state.” For more information about the company’s incinerator, visit the 3M Cottage Grove website.
For the continuing partnership with law enforcement, and providing safe and responsible alternatives, the MPCA thanks 3M Company for going above and beyond for hazardous waste disposal.