Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Fridley Mayor Scott Lund talks to Patch about the history of Superfund sites in the area.
Fridley Mayor Scott Lund recalled Monday that less was known about contamination before 1984, when federal and state agencies started focusing on environmental issues. "I have a great concern here too," he said. "I live here and so does my family, and I drink the wayer and I breathe the air and any of the other contaminations that might have been present or could be present." Lund sat down for an interview with Patch Monday afternoon at Fridley City Hall. This is the second of several Patch posts from the interview with Lund. In this segment, the mayor mentions the pollutant TCE and Fridley Superfund sites.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Jennifer McCarty said she was initially opposed to her husband starting the Facebook group.
New membership has plateaued at about 2500 members in the Fridley Cancer Cluster Facebook group, a discussion board started by former Fridley resident Jason McCarty in order to explore the possibility that Fridley’s elevated cancer rates could be due to environmental causes. But discussion shows no signs of stagnating as group members continue to share anecdotes about friends, family and neighbors who contracted cancer after living in the city. Here’s Fridley Patch’s rundown on recent developments and topics of discussion within the group: I have tried so hard to bite my tongue, but I am about to bite it off so here goes. For the record, I was against Jason starting this group from the beginning. And I still think the name of the group …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
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 …