Contaminated Land (Brownfields)
Land may become contaminated in many ways. Some causes of soil contamination are chemical spills, leaking storage tanks, or former industrial or commercial operations. When clean up of these lands is required, Minneapolis Environmental Services ensures that operations are compliant with City ordinances and permitting requirements.
Environmental Services works with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency to locate and monitor polluted sites in Minneapolis. The MPCA maintains a database of contaminated sites in Minneapolis.
When contaminated land is abandoned or not addressed, it may become a brownfield. Minneapolis is among the first cities in the country to actively reclaim abandoned brownfields. The Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Brownfields Program is involved in remediating polluted sites for redevelopment. Environmental Services works closely with CPED, along with private and non-profit developers, by providing historical site information that identifies potential or existing environmental issues.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011