Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

WHITTAKER CORP.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 7.5-acre Whittaker Corp. Superfund site is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Beginning in the 1940s, a number of industrial and manufacturing companies operated at the site. During World War II, the site operated as a packaging facility for war materials, including antifreeze and oil for the military. In the 1950s, operations expanded to include industrial coatings production and steel distribution. Site operators stored chemicals in aboveground and underground tanks on site and industrial processes generated a variety of wastes. Site operations and waste handling practices resulted in soil and groundwater contamination at the site. In 1984, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). EPA, the State and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) worked to take special precautionary measures during the cleanup to allow on-site businesses to remain in operation. Cleanup activities included soil removal, removal of drums and tanks as well as extraction of groundwater. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1999 after groundwater contaminants reached cleanup goals. Today, a variety of commercial and industrial businesses continue operations at the site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA had data on 14 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 37 people and generated an estimated $4,495,560 in annual sales revenue. For additional information click here.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Groundwater and soil were found to be contaminated with heavy metals, including cadmium and lead as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

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