Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Minnesota Vikings One Yard Closer to New Stadium on Cleaned Up Land

The Vikings need a new stadium & might be close
getting it.

The Minnesota Vikings may be one yard closer to getting their new stadium as cleanup of the site is nearing completion. The Environmental Protection Agency says the bulk of the cleanup on the New Brighton/Arden Hills Superfund Site is complete and the final project is to clean up contamination at Round Lake.

According to this report, this was the state’s largest superfund site and cleanup began in 1987. For forty years, from 1941 to 1981 the site was home to Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant that polluted the soil with solvents, semivolatiles, metals and PCBs. Industrial waste also made its way into the storm sewer system and polluted the sediment in Round Lake. Two main contaminants are lead and trichloroehtylene, or TCE.

TCAAP employed 26,000 people at its peak and made small arms ammunition for World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Southeast Asia Conflict. Alliant Techsystems, one potentially responsible party, made fuzes and ammunition at the site beginning in the 1950s. The U.S. Army, the EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have overseen the investigation and remediation. The entire site is about 4 square miles and includes 188 acres of forest and a 560-acre wetland associated with Marsden Lake.

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