Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Cleanup of St. Louis River getting a boost from the feds, US Steel

Author:

A plan to start cleaning up decades worth of pollution at the bottom of the St. Louis River is getting a boost from the federal government and U.S. Steel.

Together, the Environmental Protection Agency and U. S. Steel are putting $3.5 million toward a study that will choose the best option for cleaning contaminated sediment at a wide spot in the river known as Spirit Lake.

The new money will cover the study and design costs. Actual cleanup work could begin late next year, the EPA says.

As Northland's NewsCenter reports, Spirit Lake has been identified by the EPA as an "Area of Concern" because of the contaminants left there during years of industrial use.

This embed is invalid

In 1987 the U.S. and Canada identified 43 places that drain into the Great Lakes where industrial activity had already contaminated waters before modern pollution laws were adopted in the late 20th Century. The Spirit Lake section of the St. Louis River is one of those Areas of Concern.

The location of a former U.S. Steel mill along the river (right) is now a Superfund site and is on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's equivalent list. It includes 500 acres on land and 100 acres of river sediment.

The Great Lakes Mud website says contaminants in the river include heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins.

St. Louis River Estuary offers backgroud and a timeline of the effort to clean up the river, which was rejuvenated when the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was formed in 2010.

Next Up

2021_0930_Practices_0036

Vikings place Dalvin Tomlinson on COVID-19/reserve list

The defensive line takes another blow ahead of Sunday's game with the 49ers.

Tattersall_Distilling_River_Falls_0001

Photos: Tattersall Distillery's new 'destination distillery' in WI

The Minneapolis-based craft spirits manufacturer announced an opening date for its new space.

best buy

Best Buy considering added security to counter organized retail crime

CEO Corie Barry addressed the issue during a Q3 earnings call.

FINNEGANS Caribou image

FINNEGANS, Caribou Coffee team up for charitable MN brew

The Dead Irish Poet stout is now available at liquor stores and bars.

Jiecong Cao

Man charged in sex trafficking bust at Roseville hotel

He has been charged with the promoting of prostitution.

Justin Morneau

5 former Minnesota Twins are on the MLB Hall of Fame ballot

Four were staples on the 2000s teams and the other is the one that got away.

kitchen window minneapolis google street view - crop

Kitchen Window reveals it will close, announces storewide sale

The premium cookware shop has been in business for more than 35 years.

Related