U.S. Borax to pay $1.25 million to clean up Mpls. arsenic

  • Article by: Randy Furst , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 7:55 PM

For decades an arsenic substance spread through the South Side from an old rail yard, contaminating more than 700 properties.

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andersj9Jan. 13, 14 2:52 PM

More government shakedown. Why would anyone EVER buy or be in business?

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getcrazyJan. 13, 14 3:01 PM

Yet another example of how corporations do not self regulate.

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mahogma66Jan. 13, 14 3:07 PM

Trying to fight BigBusiness? Good luck. They'll have a team of lawyers drag it through the court system for decades until they find enough sympathetic judges to reduce the penalties to a pittance. "Let the tax payers pick up the tab. We're far too busy avoiding taxes to bother with being responsible."

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illogicbhJan. 13, 14 3:17 PM

Im glad this is going to get fixed!

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katnltdJan. 13, 14 3:18 PM

63 million...what does that come out to in jobs?

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WaterBunkerJan. 13, 14 3:50 PM

The narrative is confusing. Reade used the arsenic, but Borax apparently did not. Unless Borax took over the entire Reade company, I fail to see how the government will get Borax to pay. And the cleanup was believed to be complete as recently as 2012. It makes no sense, but then again it is the government.

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carlsonmnJan. 13, 14 4:22 PM

It's too bad but the 63M would be a waste; the soil cleanup doesn't do much.

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WaterBunkerJan. 14, 1411:24 AM

Just like Wells Fargo's recent Fannie/Freddie settlement, this was a shakedown by the Feds. Settling a $63 million claim for $1.25 million should be an embarrassment to the government for even bringing the suit. Usually the settlement of these bogus government charges is about what the defendant would have spent on legal defense. This is a fraction of that. We have a looney liberal administration that is out of control. And they wonder why the economy is suffering?

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joe_mnJan. 14, 1411:30 AM

Hiawatha/28th. Midtown greenway is there. I hope the bikers passing thru are not subjected to any lingering residue.

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eljayeffJan. 14, 14 1:05 PM

--Thanks to funds from the Obama administration-- Who wrote this?? What you meant to say is Federal Funds paid for by our Federal taxes.

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