U.S. will Finance $18 million Cleanup of Pesticides
The Star Tribune reported on Friday that the U.S. government will use nearly $18 million to cleanup Minneapolis neighborhoods that were contaminated with arsenic.
The arsenic was left behind by a pesticide facilty, the CMC Heartland Lite Yard pesticide plant, which is no longer in operation.
It is believed that during the plant's operation between 1938 and 1968, material from a pesticide containing arsenic was blown into nearby neighborhoods,"according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Informational meetings will be held to see how much arsenic is contained in the soil of these neighborhoods.
The Environmental Protection Agency will clean up this soil and restore landscaping. They expect to have cleaned up 200 yards that have the most contamination by the end of this year, and will begin working on other yards that have potential health risks after that.
The cleanup requires that homeowners give their permission before any work is done on their yards and will not have to pay anything for it.