Message for Como neighborhood residents

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have sent letters to owners and occupants of residences in part of the Como neighborhood about an investigation of potentially harmful trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor from pollution originating at the General Mills/Henkel Corp. Superfund Site, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., that may be intruding into homes and buildings. The letters informed residents of potential health concerns but stressed that more investigation and testing needs to take place in their residences and buildings to evaluate actual risk and determine the correct response.

Two public meetings Nov. 12

Two community meetings are scheduled for residents in the study area Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Van Cleve Recreation Center, 901 15th Ave. SE. The first meeting is 12:30-3 p.m., and the second is 5-7:30 p.m. During the first hour, there will be an opportunity to talk one-on-one with representatives of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Formal presentations, with time for questions and answers, will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information

Find out more at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website at www.pca.state.mn.us/wdwffra.

Residents in the study area can contact these representatives for more information or if they have questions or comments:

For testing questions or history of the pollution causing the vapor release: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Fred Campbell, project manager, Site Remediation: 651-757-2260, fred.campbell@state.mn.us

Hans Neve, supervisor, Site Remediation: 651-757-2608, hans.neve@state.mn.us

For health-related questions: Minnesota Department of Health

Rita Messing: 651-201-4916 or Emily Hansen: 651-201-4602

Site Assessment and Consultation Unit: 651-201-4897 or 800-657-3908

Email health.hazard@state.mn.us or visit www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/hazardous/topics/tce.html.

For General Mills

Call 763-293-1165.

To schedule sampling if your home is in the study area, call Sara Gaffin at Barr Engineering: 952-832-2935.

Published Nov 7, 2013