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FMC Corp. (Fridley Plant)

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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 18-acre FMC Corp. Fridley Plant site is located in Anoka County, Minn., several hundred feet east of the Mississippi River.  Solvents, paint sludge, and plating wastes were generated and disposed of in an on-site dump from the 1940s until 1969.  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff sampled site surface and groundwater in the early 1980s and confirmed that ground and surface water were contaminated by industrial solvents.  In the 1980s, solvents from the site were detected in the city of Minneapolis drinking water system intake that is located downgradient of where the FMC Corp. site groundwater contaminant plume enters the river.

Because of the threat posed to Minneapolis drinking water, this site received one of the highest Hazard Ranking System (HRS) scores of all sites on the National Priorities List.  Cleanup work at the FMC site was initiated in the 1980s, and the groundwater extraction wells that were installed as part of the remedy have been in operation since that time. Regular sampling has shown no exceedences of contaminants since the 1980s.

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November 2014

EPA has completed a status review of the cleanup. This type of review is required at least every five years where the cleanup is complete but hazardous waste remains managed on-site. These reviews are done to ensure that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.
The review included:

This was the fifth five-year review for the FMC Corporation Superfund site. The report Fifth five-year review (PDF) (87pp, 3.6MB) details the site’s progress. The next review is scheduled for 2019. 

January 2013

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.

For information about other sites in Fridley visit the Fridley Area Superfund Site page.
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