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.