DEDA Approves Money Towards Atlas site Pollution Clean-Up

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM CDT

DULUTH,MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - DEDA members also approved more than $257,000 in an agreement with a company to clean-up the Atlas industrial site.

The Barr Engineering Company will manage the soil sampling and analysis among other parts of the cleaning process.

Soil pollutants from the old Atlas Cement plant, which closed in the 70s, include lead, arsenic, and petroleum fuel.

The hope is that after clean-up, new businesses will find a home there.

"You know, one of the challenges we have in the city of Duluth is that our city is almost fully built out. There's not a lot of large tracks for industrial development, so the overall goal is to create a large 50 acre track that could be used for industrial development," said DEDA executive director Brian Hanson.

The clean-up is funded by federal Environmental Protection Agency grants, DEDA and state-funding.

Clean-up of the entire site could take years.

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