EPA accepting comments on St. Regis Paper Company Superfund site

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

CASS LAKE– The Environmental Protection Agency will take public comments on a proposed residential cleanup plan for the St. Regis Paper Company Superfund site in Cass Lake.

Comments will be accepted now through Aug. 15, with a meeting scheduled for July 30.

The former wood-treatment facility operated from the ’50s to the ’80s, and used creosote and pentachlorophenol that contaminated the soil and groundwater.

In 1984, the site was placed on the National Priorities List, a list of the nation’s most contaminated sites.

The proposed cleanup plan involves removing contaminated soil and replacing it with clean soil or applying a clean-soil cover, managing most of the removed soil at an on-site facility, disposing of the heavily-contaminated soil at an off-site facility and monitoring soil stored on site.

Comments may be submitted online through the EPA’s website at https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0503781.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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