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Summer Cleanup Planned for Gluek Park

June 2005 flyer

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will be in your neighborhood this summer to supervise the cleanup of asbestos-contaminated soil in Gluek Park . You've probably already noticed equipment being gathered on the site. Actual work began on June 13, 2005.

Throughout the summer you will be seeing construction equipment and dump trucks moving in and out of the area. You will also see workers wearing protective clothing and equipment. Cleanup crews who may come in direct contact with the asbestos are required by law to wear protection. EPA is monitoring the air surrounding the park to make sure no asbestos is released. And special dust control measures such as watering and covering will be taken to keep residents safe.

The Gluek Park cleanup is the current phase of an EPA effort that began in 2000 to clean up pollution from the former Western Minerals Products insulation plant in northeast Minneapolis . This year's work will involve digging up thousands of tons of asbestos-contaminated soil and certain trees, vegetation and garden areas in the park. The soil will be sent to an EPA-approved disposal facility, and the park will be restored with new landscaping. The work will proceed as quickly as possible, but a completion date for the project is not yet set.

If you have any questions about the work you may leave a message on the construction trailer telephone at (612) 706-0647 or contact:

Cheryl Allen
EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
(800) 621-8431 ext. 36196, weekdays 9 - 4:30

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates on the ongoing cleanup project, please contact Cheryl by telephone or email allen.cheryl@epa.gov

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