Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

FMC CORP. (FRIDLEY PLANT)
FRIDLEY, 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

In 2009, BAE Systems installed 16 solar panels on site; they provide 30 percent of the electrical energy needed for the remediation system on the southern side of the site. The amount of energy produced per year would supply enough power for four average-sized homes. The use of solar energy at the site reduces carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 41,000 pounds per year.

The 18-acre FMC Corp. (Fridley Plant) Superfund site is located in Anoka County, Minnesota. From the 1940s to 1969, operations at the site generated wastes. Site operators disposed of these wastes in an on-site dump. Sampling in the early 1980s found solvent contamination in groundwater, surface water and soil. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Contaminated groundwater from the site migrated into the Mississippi River, affecting the Minneapolis drinking water system. EPA’s cleanup plan involved the excavation and storage of contaminated soil in an on-site vault and the pumping and transportation of contaminated groundwater to a nearby treatment plant. FMC Corporation (now BAE Systems Land and Armaments L. P. (BAE)) completed the majority of site cleanup activities by 1987. Groundwater monitoring continues to ensure the effectiveness of the cleanup. Part of the site is located within the River Road Industrial Center, also known as the BAE Facility. The 18-acre site includes 5 acres purchased by Burlington Northern Railroad in 1969 and a 13-acre area operated by BAE as open space and a containment and groundwater treatment facility. Using a partnership established with the Academy of Aeronautics (AMA) in 2005, EPA worked closely with the site owner and a local AMA club, the Minneapolis Piston Poppers, and allowed the club to use the site for aeromodeling. While the club no longer uses the site for activities, EPA ensured that the club could use the site safely. In 2005, Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc. purchased the BAE Facility including a portion of the site. In 2009, BAE installed a 14.7kW solar panel system at the site to generate electrical power for the site’s remedy. The solar panel system provides 30 percent of the electrical energy needed for the remediation system in the containment and groundwater treatment facility. This amount of energy produced per year would equate to enough power for four average-sized homes. The use of solar energy also prevents carbon dioxide from being produced and emitted into the air.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA had data on 5 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 78 people and generated an estimated $26,708,416 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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