Cleanup of Minnesota slip closer to completion
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has selected their choice of cleaning up the Minnesota Slip's contaminated sediment.
The project will cost around $1.6 million, and will move 2,500 cubic yards of contaminated sediments to the slip's deeper areas, will cove the leveled sediment with a three-foot cap, and will not require off site disposal.
MPCA staff have begun the design process with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will include a more extensive environmental review and allow for additional public comment.
Funds for the construction portion of the cleanup will depend if the state legislature passes a bonding bill which would include money for the project and other clean-up projects along the St. Louis River.
Construction on the project could begin in 2018 if the bonding bill were to pass.
The site's contamination is the result of industrial and shipping activities that left legacy pollutants in the harbor.
The MPCA says the Minnesota Slip is one of ten sites in Minnesota that was identified for cleanup as part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan.