SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENTIAL SOIL CONTAMINATION
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EPA Proposes Removing South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination Site from Superfund List
Public Comments Accepted through August 30, 2019
After nearly 15 years of investigation, cleanup and monitoring of the South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination site in Minneapolis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes a partial deletion of the site from the federal National Priorities List, or NPL. The NPL is a roster of contaminated areas that are eligible for cleanup under EPA’s Superfund program. EPA is interested in your opinion regarding this proposal. The partial deletion will be effective September 30, 2019, unless EPA receives comments against the partial deletion by August 30, 2019. If that happens, EPA will reconsider its proposal in light of those comments.
EPA wants to partially remove the site from the Superfund list because officials have concluded the remedy implemented by EPA effectively cleaned up the soil contamination, and the site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment. EPA’s cleanup of contaminants from this site consisted of removing soil with unsafe levels of arsenic at more than 600 properties. A small number of properties will remain as part of the Superfund site in the NPL until cleanup is completed at those properties.
The South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination site is in the area surrounding Hiawatha Avenue and 28th Street. The site covers 1,480 acres. While the area is largely residential, it also contains commercial, industrial, and municipal properties. The site is near a former pesticide manufacturing plant that made arsenic-based pesticides. Experts believe that during plant operations the powder-like arsenic trioxide was periodically blown by the wind off site into the surrounding neighborhoods, which resulted in contaminated soil.
How to make comments
EPA invites you to comment on its proposal to partially delete the South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination site from the Superfund list. EPA’s full proposal, with other important information about the site, is available for review at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 2nd floor, and the EPA office in Chicago. The full proposal and a link to other information about the site are also in the July 31, 2019, issue of the Federal Register at www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. Your comments must be in writing and postmarked no later than August 30, 2019. Please provide your comments to: