EPA to begin final phase of soil cleanup in south Minneapolis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 is set to begin the final phase of cleanup at the South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination Superfund site. This work will remove arsenic-contaminated soil from 487 residential properties and will take approximately 2 ½ years to complete. The cleanup will be paid for entirely by stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act so property owners will pay nothing. The properties scheduled for work in this final phase include nine locations that were not cleaned up in previous stages plus an additional 478 properties containing lower arsenic levels but still at concentrations posing unacceptable health risks to residents.

The EPA will hold an open house style meeting to give residents an opportunity to walk in and have one on one conversations about the site.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 26. 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 29th Ave. S.

Published Aug. 17, 2009