February 25, 2011

On Thursday, March 3, 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Health and City of St. Louis Park will hold open houses describing vapor intrusion testing and assessments in residences located near the Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund Site. The open houses will occur in the afternoon and evening at the St. Louis Park Library.

In March or early April, 2011, EPA will offer free air sampling in about 30 homes and apartments near the former Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp. site. A map of the area where the sampling will be provided is found at:http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/reillytarmn/pdfs/reillytarmn_map1_20110224.pdf. The sampling will apparently involve drilling holes in basements and lower level floors to test for levels that may be accumulating beneath building slabs. The EPA and the state and local agencies are concerned about accumulations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, also known as PAHs, that may be collecting under building foundations and seeping into buildings through cracks.

If concentrations are found in excess of levels in federal and state guidance, the EPA may recommend the installation of sub-slab depressurization systems to vent the contaminants to the outside air. Presumably, EPA may pay for the sampling and corrective measures.

For more information on the Reilly Tar site, please see the EPA website at:http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/reillytarmn/.

At Hessian & McKasy our experienced environmental attorneys are familiar with vapor intrusion, vapor testing, corrective measures and the effect of vapor on the value of property. If you have concerns or questions about vapor impacts on your property, please contact Joseph Maternowski, Chair of the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group at 612-746-5754 or atjmaternowski@hessianmckasy.com Learn about your rights and the implications of the testing on you and your property. We offer packages of vapor related legal services for a fixed fee price to address your legal needs.

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