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EPA to begin hazardous waste cleanup at abandoned plating facility in in St. Paul, Minnesota

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For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA077

CHICAGO (August 3, 2017)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a hazardous waste cleanup at Plating Inc., an abandoned zinc and chromate plating facility at 888 N. Prior Ave. in St. Paul.

The 21,100 square-foot building houses 82 open vats of cyanide, caustics and chromium along with another 76 drums of other chemicals. Asbestos has also been found in the deteriorating building. EPA expects it will cost $1.6 million and take about 65 work days to clean up spilled chemicals, empty and clean vats and dispose of all hazardous waste.

EPA will go door-to-door in the surrounding community to notify residents and business owners and respond to their questions and concerns. 

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