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Kurt Manufacturing Co.

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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
Sheila Desai (desai.sheila@epa.gov)
312-353-4150 or 800-621-8431, ext. 34150


The 10-acre Kurt Manufacturing site is located one mile from the Mississippi River in Fridley, Minn.  Kurt has been machining and fabricating metal components since 1960.  Industrial solvent was spilled into a drainage pit beneath the company's metal shavings bin storage area.  A 140-foot deep groundwater well, which is used for industrial and potable purposes, is screened in bedrock in the Prairie du Chien formation.  Sampling results showed tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination in the groundwater.  The site is an industrial property and has neighboring industrial and residential areas. More than 163,000 people live within one mile of the site.

The Kurt site was placed on the Superfund NPL in June 1986. The site is being addressed through PRP actions under federal and state oversight.

Groundwater and soil at the site were contaminated by PCE, trichloroethane, cis-1,2-dichloroethylene, and trichloroethene (TCE).  Prior to any cleanup work being taken, direct contact or accidental ingestion of contaminated soil or groundwater could have posed a human health risk.  Currently, surface soil has been cleaned up but dissolved contaminants remain in site groundwater.

Kurt constructed a pump-and-treat system in 1986 to clean up contaminated groundwater near the site.  The system is still operating and it will continue to operate until groundwater cleanup goals are achieved.

Site Update

January 2013 Update

Community Advisory Group Informational Session

EPA staff will host two CAG informational sessions (PDF) (1pg, 24MB) for Fridley residents on January 30, 2013. the first session will be held in room 109 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The second session will be held in the same room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshop will give people a thorough overview of the CAG formation process.

CAGs give interested people an opportunity to participate in EPA’s Superfund process to clean up hazardous waste areas. At these upcoming sessions, EPA staff will provide information on how to form a CAG and choose its members. CAG membership is voluntary and participants should be willing to serve two-year terms. CAGs meet regularly to review site information and relay community views and concerns to the EPA. All CAG meetings are open to the public, and public input is encouraged. More information about CAGs.

If you have any questions or need special accommodations at this event contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Nefertiti DiCosmo 312-886-66148 or at dicosmo.nefertiti@epa.gov.

Community Interviews (December 2012)

EPA conducted 41 community interviews with Fridley area residents in December. Interviews were done one-on-one, with small groups, and over the telephone. 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.

You will need the free Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.

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