WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EAST PHILLIPS?
The City of Minneapolis has just completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the demolition of the former Roof Depot site in the East Phillips neighborhood.
WHAT IS AN EAW?
An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is a document that lays out details of a proposed project and its potential impact on the environment. An EAW helps determine if further environmental review is necessary, such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). However, the City’s current EAW is flawed and leaves out decades of cumulative pollution and the negative health impacts our low-income, BIPOC community has experienced.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Here is the latest update from the city planner, Hilary Dvorak:
The public comment period for the discretionary EAW for the Hiawatha Maintenance Facility Expansion project ended on March 25, 2021, at 4 pm. At the close of the public comment period, the RGU received seven state agency comments and approximately 1,000 comments from other organizations and the public. Minn. R. 4410.1700, subd. 2a(B) permits the RGU to postpone the decision on the need for an EIS in order to obtain information necessary to a reasoned decision about the potential for, or significance of, one or more possible environmental impacts. In order to reasonably review and assess the information provided in this unprecedented amount of public comment, the RGU is postponing the decision on the need for an EIS for an additional 30 days, until May 24, 2021.
At this time, the new schedule for the EAW is BIHZ Committee on May 4, 2021, at 1:30 pm, and City Council on May 14, 2021, at 9:30 am.
The public comment period has ended, but DON’T STOP NOW. Continue sending your comments to Council Members; firstname.lastname@example.org. The mayor also must sign off on this. So, don’t forget to include him when you’re sending comments: email@example.com. Ask them why the City doesn’t follow State Clark/Berglin Environmental Justice law? Ask them why their project violates the 2040 plan, why it ignores Green Zone policy, why it ignores Health Disparities of HIA, and why it ignores Climate Crisis guidelines and Racial Crisis guidelines.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
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East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) is suing the City of Minneapolis, and we need your help.
The City of Minneapolis plans to relocate and expand their Public Works maintenance yard into our East Phillips neighborhood–a plan that will bring more pollution to our already overburdened community. Additionally, they refuse to have good faith discussions about our alternative community-based development project that would ensure environmental justice for our neighborhood. East Phillip neighborhood residents are predominantly low-income Native American, Latinx, African American, East African and other historically marginalized residents.
We can’t say it enough! We need your help raising funds for legal expenses: to post bond to stop the City’s proposed demolition of the Roof Depot, to have our case heard, and to continue the fight for our environmental rights in court. Toxic environmental pollution impacts our health, and we have some of the worst racial health disparities in Minneapolis. It’s imperative for our future and our children’s future that we stop the City’s project and have our day in court.