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Fridley Commons Park Well Field

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones (jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
David Seely (seely.david@epa.gov)
312-886-7058 or 800-621-8431, ext. 67058

Background

The Fridley Commons Park Well Field Site (Site) is in the city of Fridley, Minnesota. The Site is located approximately one mile east of the Mississippi River, one mile south of Rice Creek, and approximately 0.2 miles northeast of Moore Lake. The Site is about 50 acres in area. Surrounding land use is largely residential along with commercial/industrial businesses. The City of Fridley receives its municipal water supply from 13 municipal wells, 8 of which are located within the park along with a water treatment plant. The water supply provides water to a about 29,000 people. The Fridley municipal water supply system is also supplemented by an interconnection to the New Brighton municipal water system, which was constructed in 1994. During the winter months, the interconnection is the primary source of water.

The source of contamination which had impacted the well field has never been identified. The city has been monitoring its municipal well water quality on a regular basis. Drinking water with contaminant concentrations below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) do not pose unacceptable risks to public health from the exposure to TCE. A No Action Record of Decision was written for the site in September 2005, when TCE levels were consistently below the MCL.This site is being addressed through federal and state actions. The State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is the lead regulatory agency on this site with support provided by EPA.

There has been little community interest in the site until 2012 when the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported cancer rates in Fridley were higher for some cancers than the state expected rates. MPCA, MDH, the City of Fridley and EPA have increased activities to inform the public about contamination and exposure from this Site.

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Community Interviews

EPA will conduct community interviews with Fridley area residents in December. Interviews are generally done one-on-one, but they are also conducted with small groups or over the telephone. If you would like to be interviewed, please call Nefertiti DiCosmo, 312-886-6148, to schedule.

From the interviews EPA will write a Community Involvement Plan. The plan is a road map for the EPA’s future involvement with the Fridley sites. It is a valuable resource for the citizens because it provides a description of the community involvement activities available to the public. It will be updated as necessary to remain consistent with the community’s needs.

Community Advisory Group

EPA staff plans to hold a CAG workshop for Fridley residents  in late January or early February 2013. The workshop will give people a thorough overview of the CAG formation process. If you’re interested in participating in the CAG workshop, please send your contact information to Nefertiti DiCosmo. Once the EPA is ready to start the CAG process, you will be notified.

The Superfund program is authorized by the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which lays out a plan for cleaning up the nation’s most hazardous waste locations. CERCLA requires a heavy dose of community involvement so residents near a Superfund site have a say in cleanup decisions. CAG members will get up-to-date information on the status of the cleanups from EPA and MPCA representatives. Grant money may also be available so the CAG can hire its own independent expert.

CAG membership is voluntary and members should be willing to serve two-year terms. CAG members will meet regularly and review and comment on technical documents and plans related to the environmental studies and cleanup activities at the Fridley sites. Members will help EPA and MPCA staff and the community exchange information about site activities and local concerns. CAG members will meet with individuals and groups in the community to obtain their views and get their feedback. All CAG meetings will be open to the public. CAG members will be chosen from nominations submitted by individuals and groups in the Fridley area.

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For information about other sites in Fridley visit the Fridley Area Superfund Site page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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