Fond du Lac Soil Tests Negative for Contamination Following June's Flooding

By KBJR News 1

Flooding in Fond du Lac, just south of Duluth

July 27, 2012 Updated Jul 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Officials from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) have confirmed that soil in the Fond du Lac neighborhood poses no risk to resident's health.

Residents of the Fond du Lac neighborhood voiced their concerns a few weeks ago that June's flooding may have left behind dangerous levels of substances such as arsenic and mercury in the area's soil and were worried about their health.

Residents were also concerned that contaminated sediments behind the Forbay Dam may have been washed over their properties.

The City of Duluth asked the MPCA to take soil samples on the Fond du Lac neighborhood to make sure their residents were safe.

Soil samples were taken to a certified laboratory in Minneapolis and tested for eight metals (arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium and silver), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

“The results for all samples are well below the Residential Soil Reference Values for metals, PCBs and PAHs," says MPCA Superfund project manager Susan Johnson. “Given the very low, or nondetectable levels for the parameters tested, it does not appear that the source of the mud sampled in the Fond du Lac area is a contaminated area or reservoir.”

The MPCA’s latest advisories for the flood-affected areas of northeastern Minnesota are available by calling 218-302-6660.

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