Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

REILLY TAR & CHEMICAL CORP. (ST. LOUIS PARK PLANT)
ST. LOUIS PARK, MN

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Background

The 80-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation/St. Louis Park Plant site (Reilly site) is located near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and U.S. Highway 7 in the city of St. Louis Park, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. A site map is found here. From 1917 to 1972, Republic Creosoting Company, owned by Reilly Industries, operated a coal tar distillation and wood treatment facility at the site. The facility discharged thousands of gallons per week of wastewater in several ditches that flowed to an adjacent peat bog. The wastes generated at the site were mostly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which contaminated soil at the site, the peat bog, and groundwater beneath the site. Six drinking water wells in St. Louis Park, and one in the city of Hopkins, were closed due to contamination.

In 1972, the site was sold to the City of St. Louis Park. From 1978 to 1981, seven municipal wells were closed due to contamination. In 1984, EPA issued a remedy decision for construction of a drinking water treatment plant for two St. Louis Park wells, and the plant was constructed in 1985. In 1986, EPA selected a remedy for most of the remainder of the site. The bog was filled and covered with clean fill in 1986. The city began pumping two wells to control more highly-contaminated groundwater near the source in 1987. In subsequent years, the city began pumping additional wells further from the source to control the spread of the plume. A treatment plant for St. Louis Park drinking water well SLP4 was added in 1992. It is estimated that approximately 47,000 people use the groundwater from aquifers near the site, which are now treated to meet all required health standards.

In 2002 the city redeveloped the site into Louisiana Oaks Park. Portions of the northern end of the site have been developed as a residential complex.

The remedy left contaminated soil in place at the site, covered by clean soil. Periodically, the city conducts work at the site that requires digging. Plans for the work, including safe handling of any contaminated soils that are found, and air monitoring to protect workers and nearby residents, are approved by EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

 

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

This site is being addressed through federal, state, municipal, and PRP actions.

FYRs are prepared to evaluate the implementation and performance of site remedies to determine if they remain protective of human health and the environment. FYRs are repeated every five years.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

EPA recently completed a new Community Involvement Plan and its fifth Five-Year Review report for the site.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently released Cancer Occurrence in St. Louis Park, 1993-2012.

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Sampling and Monitoring

The City of St. Louis Park monitors groundwater contamination and operates a number of pumping wells at the site.

St. Louis Park regularly samples water quality in municipal drinking water wells, and also samples a wide network of 75 groundwater monitoring wells in 5 aquifers.

EPA, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and MDH oversee the City’s groundwater monitoring and ensure that the treatment remains effective.

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Enforcement Information

The Consent Decree (CD) filed on September 5, 1986 is found here. MPCA, MDH, Reilly Industries, and several other parties entered into a CD to clean up the site. The City of St. Louis Park agreed to share responsibility for implementing the remedy, with initial funding by Reilly.

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