Tests Set for Minnesota Shredder

New Ulm Steel and Recycling must test auto shredder to ensure it meets sound and vibration standards.

July 31, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Auto Shredding

The New Ulm, Minn., City Council has announced New Ulm Steel and Recycling to have sound and vibration tests performed at its auto shredder site. New Ulm Steel and Recycling installed an auto shredder in early 2013, but the plant has generated criticism from residents, who claim sound levels have exceeded city ordinances.

In response to the complaints, the Minnesota-based Institute for Environmental Assessment (IEA) will perform tests on sound and vibration at the site. IEA will report the figures back to the city of New Ulm, which says it expects to release the findings of the test by the end of August 2013.

Leslie Cloonan, IEA senior project manager, says the tests should take place in early and mid-August depending on the weather.

According to the New Ulm July City Council meeting packet found here, “The city of New Ulm has responded to three explosions that have occurred at New Ulm Steel and Recycling in the past few months. There has been evidence of materials flying out onto adjacent private property, with noise and vibration being felt in the areas surrounding the New Ulm Steel and Recycling property.”

The cost of the IEA testing is estimated at $3,400.