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Forum staff reports, Published June 13 2013

City of Fergus Falls fined for contamination

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – This city was fined $26,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for environmental contamination from the demolition of a municipal solid waste incinerator.

The demolition waste was problematic because it was found to contain hazardous levels of cadmium and lead, according to a news release from the city.

In March and April 2010, the MPCA determined that demolition debris had not been adequately evaluated for potential hazardous waste. Debris and equipment were contaminated with ash containing hazardous levels of cadmium and lead. Debris containing hazardous waste ash was being stored in unprotected areas where it could be carried by wind and storm water to bare soils and storm water drains.

Cleanup work began in June 2010, and the city resumed the demolition project in April 2012, following a new remedia-tion/demolition plan approved by the MPCA.

In addition to paying a $26,000 penalty, the city completed numerous actions to correct conditions at the site. Some cleanup and soil testing work remains to be done.