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July 05 2005 19:00

Comments Sought On Fridley Superfund Site

Media contact: Jennifer Groebner, 651-296-7706 Technical contact: Nile Fellows, 651-296-7299 St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, July 21, to explain future plans for the Fridley Commons Park Well Field Superfund Site in Fridley, Minn. The meeting will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fridley City Hall, located at 6431 University Ave. N.E. It will include a presentation from the MPCA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), followed by an opportunity for questions. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days beginning on July 15, 2005. In 1981, the city of Fridley began sampling its eight municipal wells for the presence of volatile organic compounds. Testing revealed that four wells were contaminated with VOCs, mainly trichloroethylene (TCE). Concentrations of contaminants in those four wells at have decreased over time. Water from the well with the highest concentration of TCE has had acceptable levels since January 2004. The three other city wells have had acceptable levels of contaminants since November 2001. There is no significant threat to public health and the environment if concentrations remain at their current levels or continue decreasing. Based on current information, both agencies believe that no cleanup of the site is necessary. However, if concentrations of contaminants do start to rise, this approach will need to be re-evaluated. Monitoring will be required to assure that the contaminant concentrations remain at the current levels or continue to decline. Monitoring will be conducted quarterly for at least two years and will continue until the MPCA and EPA agree that it is no longer required. The proposed plan and other documents related to the site will be available on July 15, 2005, from the MPCA and EPA. They will also be available at the public meeting and it will be mailed to all interested parties. The complete administrative record for this project is available at the Anoka County Mississippi Library at 410 Mississippi St N.E., Fridley. Written comments can be sent to Nile Fellows, MPCA, Remediation Division, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, MN 55155, or by phone at (651) 296-7299. Questions about the public meeting should be addressed to Jennifer Groebner, MPCA, (651) 296-7706.

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