Recovery funds to help the EPA clean up soil at 500 homes in Minneapolis arsenic site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to begin another cleanup phase this spring at the South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination Superfund site. This work is being funded by $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Fund Act of 2009 and will remove arsenic-contaminated soil from 500 residential properties. 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 than addressed by the initial phases but still at concentrations posing unacceptable health risks to residents.

The EPA representatives, health officials and contractors will hold an open house style meeting to meet with residents on March 31:

When: Wednesday, March 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where:
th Ave. S.

Last fall, 40 of 485 property cleanups were completed. Work at the remaining properties is projected to take two full construction seasons, wrapping up in late 2011. Residents may see construction vehicles and workers in required protective equipment in residential areas around South Minneapolis.

The South Minneapolis site is one of 50 Superfund National Priorities List sites benefiting from $600 million in Recovery Act funding announced in April 2009. It encompasses a number of neighborhoods near the intersection of 28th Street and Hiawatha Avenue where the CMC Heartland Lite Yard was located from about 1938 to 1968. A pesticide containing arsenic was produced there and material from an open-air railcar-unloading and product-mixing operation is believed to have been wind-blown into nearby neighborhoods.

Progress reports and photos will be posted online.

Published Mar 25, 2010