March 25, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with the cleanup of arsenic-contaminated soil at 500 south Minneapolis residences in the vicinity of 28th Street and Hiawatha where rail loading and  pesticide mixing operations resulted in airborne releases of arsenic.

From 2004 to 2008 soils at 197 residential properties with arsenic levels above 95 parts per million were cleaned up.  In the next round of the cleanup, scheduled to run through calendar year 2011, the EPA and its contractors will address lower level arsenic contamination, at levels from 24 to 94 parts per million.  There is no cost to residents whose yards are affected.  The EPA plans to remove contaminated soil and sample yards to ensure only trace levels remain.  The EPA will provide clean fill and landscaping.  A public information meeting is scheduled for March 31st in Minneapolis.

For more information on EPA’s cleanup, which is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal stimulus act, please visit:

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/a5792a626c8dac098525735900400c2d/578e91f7d6cc9ae6852576f00055768c!OpenDocument.

At Hessian & McKasy, our environmental lawyers assist clients in dealing with contaminated property.  For more information about the Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group and the background of our attorneys who practice environmental law please visit:http://www.enviroattorney.net/practice/environmental.php.

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