State agency proposes cleanup plan in Brooklyn Center

A state pollution control group is proposing a contaminated site cleanup in Brooklyn Center and is encouraging residents to review and comment on the proposal.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released a proposal for the cleanup and decontamination of the Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Company Superfund site in Brooklyn Center, located east of Middle Twin Lake and northwest of the Azelia Avenue and Lakebreeze Avenue intersection.

The site, which has been on federal and state cleanup advisory lists since the 1980s, has had its soil and groundwater contaminated by wood-treating chemicals such as pentachlorophenol and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Most of the site was successfully decontaminated in previous years, though some of that contamination remains in the area closest to Middle Twin Lake.

The agency issued a statement March 29 concerning a proposed cleanup plan that includes the excavating of contaminated soil, transporting it to an off-site landfill and putting the remaining soil in an on-site mound under a clean soil cap.

The agency has scheduled a public meeting at the Brookdale Library on Wednesday, April 12, alongside the Minnesota Department of Health to garner public comment on the proposal. One-on-one conversations between residents and representatives from both the agency and the Department of Health begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short formal presentation at 7 p.m.

The agency is encouraging Brooklyn Center residents to submit their thoughts on the plan by Friday, May 5. Formal comments must be sent to Andri Dahlmeier via email at [email protected] or by mail to Andri Dahlmeier, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

More information about the plan is available at pca.state.mn.us/joslyn. Brookdale Library is located at 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy.

Contact Christiaan Tarbox at [email protected]