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Volatile organic compounds were used as degreasers. Paint sludge and spent liquid solvents were buried in pits on the site in the 1970s, before modern-day environmental standards were in place.
Remediation of groundwater and soil contamination by the Navy and other former owners has been going on for decades and has been monitored by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the EPA.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have been working with the U.S. Navy and [former owner] FMC Corp. to do a cleanup of the site. That cleanup is done and in place,” Hyde said.
Based on past experience, Hyde knows that his company will uncover more pollution once demolition starts.
“We always do. We will find stuff. That’s what happens when you redevelop polluted sites,” Hyde said.
This is the fourth state and federal Superfund site Hyde will redevelop in Minnesota. He also redeveloped the former site of the National Lead Co. in St. Louis Park, a wood treatment facility in Brooklyn Center that is now the site of Caribou Coffee’s headquarters, and another site in Fridley.
Today, the ordnance site’s private owners lease space to a handful of businesses, including a BAE Systems Land & Armaments engineering group — the remnants of the defense operations on the site.
“We would love to build them a brand-new building on the site as part of the project,” Hyde said.
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