Superfund Site: REILLY TAR & CHEMICAL CORP. (ST. LOUIS PARK PLANT)
ST. LOUIS PARK, MN
Superfund Site Profile
Minnesota Department of Health recently published its report St. Louis Park Drinking Water.
EPA recently completed a new Community Involvement Plan for the site.
The most recent Five-Year Review report was completed in 2016.
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.