Storm-water pond cleanup costs to soar, maybe to $1 billion

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 9:57 PM

Some settled dirt has been contaminated by toxic runoff.

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trev_russellNov. 9, 1210:13 PM

This is why 24 MN cities have already banned coal tar sealants - the most potent source of PAH contamination. When will the state follow the lead of Washington State and ban the sale and application of coal tar (PAH) sealants ASAP. Asphalt-based sealants work just as well and don't cost a billion in clean up costs. It won't undo the damage we've already done, but it will stop making it worse.

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playadudeNov. 9, 1210:44 PM

Trev is so right, state wide ban now what is the delay? But why is it we do nothing until the price tag reaches one billion or more? You can't tell me they didn't know about this earlier. I used to trust Minnesota to be on top off things like this but not anymore.

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mahogma66Nov. 10, 1212:11 AM

As horrible as this story is, if not for the stormwater ponds, these chemicals would be left uncontrolled in the environment.

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carlsonNov. 10, 12 3:24 AM

Why not have the driveway sealant companies pay to clean up the hazard they created. That's what the asbestos industry has had to do and what 3M is being made to do. Everytime I see geese and ducks floating around in those ponds or eating grass from chemlawned yards I think of the Simpsons show in which the fish in the nuclear plant pond have three eyes. Surely, none of these pollutants are leaching into our aquifers?

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sjhuotNov. 10, 12 3:28 AM

C'mon, Americans! Somebody out there has an idea for a way to take care of this problem! That's what makes us America!

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rickcmnNov. 10, 12 7:09 AM

Get rid of the EPA and MPCA. This would solve a lot of problems. Then get some common sense.

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jcinmnNov. 10, 12 7:54 AM

playadude "Trev is so right, state wide ban now what is the delay? But why is it we do nothing until the price tag reaches one billion or more? You can't tell me they didn't know about this earlier. I used to trust Minnesota to be on top off things like this but not anymore." That's because the state government has spent the last 10 years trying to cut spending, lower taxes, reduce government enforcement of present laws and trying to create a theocracy instead of protecting and serving its citizens. Hopefully we can spend the next two years trying to catch up until all hell breaks loose again.

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jcinmnNov. 10, 12 7:56 AM

What I cannot understand is where is the Federal Superfund's role in this matter. This is the second time that we've been made aware of a hazardous waste problem that the locals have to deal with. Why are we paying superfund taxes when the money isn't available for hazardous waste cleanup?

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melloncollieNov. 10, 12 8:00 AM

Kills aquatic life in a man made storm water pond? We should be more concerned about who is spreading this false alarm... probably the man made global warming folks.

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turgidNov. 10, 12 8:58 AM

Sounds like another pile of money that the cities will be forking over to the self-reliant, small government types out in the burbs.

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