|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 23 May 2011 15:44:24 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Vikings stadium at Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (MN)|
Vikings stadium site may still need costly cleanupThe land is befouled with hazardous waste from the decades it held a munitions plant. How much, and how expensive, remain the key questions.
By JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN) May 20, 2011If a 430-acre site in Arden Hills becomes the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, its stands of long grass and blossoming trees will be transformed into a vast expanse of parking lots and plazas -- perfect for the pre- and post-game partying fans adore. That vision helps explain why Vikings owner Zygi Wilf chose Arden Hills over the less expensive Metrodome site.
But what many fans might not realize as they don their purple jerseys and break out the brats is that they'd be tailgating on what was one of the most-polluted pieces of ground in Minnesota.
The site is contaminated with mercury, lead, solvents, PCBs and other hazardous substances from its days as a U.S. Army munitions plant. And though the Army has spent some $200 million to clean up the worst of the contamination, officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency say a stadium development would probably need further cleanup before the land would be safe for the public.
... For the entire article, see http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/wellness/122272589.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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