What’s next in dealing with the solvent plume?

The cities of Edina and St. Louis Park continue to treat drinking water to ensure it is safe.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the solvent plume site to be placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). Minnesota has requested and is pursuing the NPL listing with the EPA for a number of reasons.  This groundwater contamination plume is at least 324 feet deep and covers areas within both St. Louis Park and Edina. The State has dedicated a large amount of funding and staffing to define the area to date; however, there is still much work to be done to investigate and eventually clean up the area of contamination. 

The amount of funding required to identify the source area, pursue potentially responsible parties and implement a cleanup plan far surpasses the amount of funding the State’s Superfund program receives each year. Funding support from the federal government will assist with additional investigation activities and bring in additional technical expertise and specialized legal counsel to effectively address the complexities of the site. If a potentially responsible party or parties can be identified, cost recovery efforts can be pursued.

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1. Is Edina’s drinking water safe?
2. Who sets the standard for Edina’s drinking water?
3. How often is Edina’s water tested?
4. What’s the history of groundwater contamination in Edina?
5. What is vinyl chloride?
6. Where does vinyl chloride come from?
7. What are the health risks of exposure to vinyl chloride?
8. How much did it cost to build Water Treatment Plant 6?
9. Is water from private wells safe?
10. What is the source of contamination?
11. Where is the plume?
12. Is the contamination just vinyl chloride?
13. What is TCE?
14. What are the health concerns of TCE in drinking water?
15. What amount of TCE in drinking water is safe?
16. How big is the plume of contamination?
17. How was the size of the deep plume determined?
18. What’s the difference between the deep groundwater plume and the shallow groundwater plume?
19. Is there any chance this contamination could extend into another of Edina’s wells?
20. Will my property be tested?
21. Is it safe to garden or harvest my fruits and vegetables?
22. What’s next in dealing with the solvent plume?
23. Are there other National Priorities List sites in Minnesota or across the nation that have groundwater plumes as the basis for listing?
24. What effect does the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site have on property values?
25. What is the difference between the Reilly Tar & Chemical site and the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site?
26. Are you really sure my drinking water is safe?
27. What’s next?