Staffers with Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency talk about Fridley's cancer questions.
City manager Bill Burns moderated a conversation with state officials today in a video that was posted to Fridley's website. These were the participants in the discussion:
Brockovich's environmental investigator has four researchers looking into public records related to Fridley's Superfund sites.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Zac Farber
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) counts four Fridley locations—FMC Corp., Kurt Manufacturing Co., Fridley Commons Park Well Field and the Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant—on its Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), the agency’s catalogue of the most hazardous of the nation’s hazardous waste sites. Bob Bowcock, consumer advocate Erin Brockovich’s environmental investigator, has been researching for the past week whether Fridley’s elevated rates of cancer could be due to industrial pollutants. He said it was "extremely unusual" for one small town to have four NPL sites within its borders. “I’ve never seen a town with four of any size outside of Chicago or New York or L.A.,” he said. There are 1,302 Superfund …