Como residents voice anxieties over toxic soil vapors

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2013 - 9:59 PM

At Minneapolis community forums, state officials explained plans to test for and remove TCE.

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flytothemoonNov. 12, 13 4:33 PM

What about the thousands of college students that rented in the area and were exposed to these harmful vapors?

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proute507Nov. 12, 13 4:48 PM

How is this Geographically in Southeast Minneapolis? Am I missing something?

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supervon2Nov. 12, 13 4:54 PM

flytothemoon-this was a bit west of the prime student housing area. Besides, what college student wasn't testing chemicals of all natures during their time at the "U"?

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getcrazyNov. 12, 13 5:33 PM

@supervon2--"flytothemoon-this was a bit west of the prime student housing area. Besides, what college student wasn't testing chemicals of all natures during their time at the "U"?"---True it is a bit west but lets establish the fact that there is a major difference between being in a controlled setting in a lab momentarily by choice and having it eternally effect you day after day completely unaware of the existence of these chemicals in places you live, eat, work,.. because of the actions and decisions of extremely irresponsible people that don't care about the health and welfare of their fellow man.

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AcousticGuyNov. 12, 13 6:53 PM

Proute -- everything on the east side of the river and south of E. Hennepin s considered southeast Minneapolis. North of Hennepin is northeast Minneapolis.

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treddleNov. 12, 13 7:08 PM

C'mon Minneapolians, We can force General Mills to buy up the properties, tear down the buildings, and make the entire area a massive park. They made $1.7 billion in 2011 and paid their CEO better than $9 million. The average Joe in the Como neighborhood bought their house for $170 grand. Let's make Corporate America take responsibility for what they are doing to the world. I cant wait until it is your turn Cargil...

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sek2undrstndNov. 12, 13 9:10 PM

Memo to the Range: What happened here in southeast Minneapolis can also happen in your backyard. Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothes.

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rsmaggiemae1949Nov. 12, 1310:39 PM

I attended the meeting as I lived in the prime testing area for 40 years and they are not going to contact the thousands of students who lived in that area I sold my home 9 years ago and the new owner has been contacted and I have to kee calling to find out the results for my house... They did not contact anyone else but the current owners or renters now at the current addres very sad

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lkw326Nov. 13, 13 8:18 AM

This neighborhood is full of students and families and retired folk. There are hundreds of toxic waste sites all over the Twin Cities. But I agree with treddle - who wants to live near a SuperFund Site? General Mills can buy the neighborhood, and 3M can buy all of Woodbury, and soon the entire Twin Cities will be a massive polluted park.

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shawncollinsNov. 13, 13 1:02 PM

As an environmental lawyer working on problems like this for nearly 15 years, I believe the most important thing is for area residents to have their homes tested. Without doubt. As soon as possible. That is the only way to know the extent and seriousness of the problem. I would also say that a single test is insufficient. There should be multiple tests for vapor contamination, taken over time, and under a variety of conditions (weather, etc.) Vapor contamination moves in sometimes unpredictable ways. Contamination cam be present one day, and gone the next, only to return the following week. Therefore, no comfort should be taken from a single test that is "non-detect". Multiple tests over time over the 200-home area, at least, is what is necessary to determine the true extent of the problem.

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