State alerts Mpls. neighborhood about underground vapors

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson and Matt McKinney , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2013 - 10:12 PM

Fumes could enter Minneapolis homes from the soil, once contaminated with a solvent from an old General Mills lab.

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mplsjoejoNov. 7, 13 2:37 PM

oh TCE is BAD very very bad stuff. It is one of the worst ground contaminants as it leaches vapor gas into buildings and it is extremely harmful. Bad, bad, bad stuff. It is also very, very, very, expensive to get rid of because the only way to get rid of it is by biological decomposition. You cannot burn this stuff off in a kiln like PCB, Petroleum, etc. The contaminated soil is mixed with decomposing biomass and bacteria will break it down into harmless base elements. Closest facility is in Michigan and depending upon the concentration it could cost $500-600 a ton to take care of it once it was exposed. With buildings on top and the amount of contamination it could cost billions of dollars to clean up. It will never go away if left alone, there is no biomass below the top soil.

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treddleNov. 7, 13 2:54 PM

So General Mills is getting off with a little hand slap...? Who are the people that the current homeowners are going to sell these homes to? The value of these homes just took a nose dive. Are these homeowners going to be taxed on the TCE value of their homes? I never thought I would say this but our criminal justice system is both impudent and incompetent at the same time. Shameful.

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mspshadowNov. 7, 13 4:11 PM

Hey, let's get rid of the EPA, and PCA while we're at it. Everyone for themselves!

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mahogma66Nov. 7, 13 4:36 PM

Huge Corporations are always so proud to brag about how "We built it ourselves," but skulk away when stuff like this happens, only too happy to let taxpayers pick up and pay for their mistakes.

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mujerincreibleNov. 7, 13 4:42 PM

Unbelievable, corporate accountability? Don't think so.

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jimijimjimNov. 7, 13 6:49 PM

What the what?! Doesn't General Mills make FOOD? This is why more & more people are boycotting major "food" companies. What they make (& the processes used to make it) is not entirely edible nor is it safe.

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bleavitNov. 7, 13 9:45 PM

Hennepin County will clean it up if Minneapolis agrees to keep the freight rail traffic in the Kenilworth corridor. It's my understanding that this is the way these deals work. You don't clean up superfund sites because it's the right thing to do, you do it to serve some political purpose. Talk to Dorfman and McLaughlin, they know all about it.

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coolnoutNov. 8, 13 5:01 AM

Worse then the byproduct of a meth lab, the perpetrators mask behind a corporation and have no responsibility. Why?

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joe_mnNov. 8, 13 7:04 AM

just like the ford site in stpaul. ford workers dug a pit, dumped in barrels of paint waste and poured a concrete slab on top.

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summer12Nov. 8, 13 7:51 AM

As a resident of the east metro I am very sad to hear about this issue. I just know the frustration in dealing with the local governments and trying to find a long term solution. Good luck.

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