Contact Us

Newsroom

News Releases from Region 5

 

EPA schedules three neighborhood meetings for South Minneapolis soil contamination site

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Contact Information: Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov

CONTACT: Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-OPA161

EPA schedules three neighborhood meetings for South Minneapolis soil contamination site

CHICAGO (Sept. 11, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has scheduled three open-house-style neighborhood meetings to answer questions and update residents about the ongoing South Minneapolis Soil Contamination sampling and cleanup project.

About 3,000 properties have been tested for arsenic this year. Preliminary data received so far has shown at least 130 properties may contain arsenic in the soil above EPA's 95 parts per million safety level. EPA began sending results letters to residents in August. This process will continue through September.

Meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave., S.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., YWCA, 2121 E. Lake St.
  • Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., Franklin Avenue Safety Center, 1201 E. Franklin Ave.

On a separate track, EPA and its partner agencies have begun the process of determining how much health risk the arsenic contamination poses to neighborhood residents. A public meeting to discuss this in more detail and answer questions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 to 9 p.m., at the YWCA.

See more information at http:// www.epa.gov/region5/sites/cmcheartland/index.htm.
# # #