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Superfund Site Report: FMC CORP. (FRIDLEY PLANT)
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (July 1982): The FMC Corp. Site occupies about 18 acres in Fridley, Minnesota, adjacent to the Mississippi River. From the early 1950s to the early 1970s, FMC, formerly Northern Pump Co., disposed of hazardous wastes (including solvents, point sludges, and plating wastes) at two on-site locations, one an 11-acre unlined landfill. Records indicate that solvents and sludge were dumped directly into unlined pits and burned or buried. Three wells used by FMC for drinking and processing are contaminated with various toxic organic chemicals, including TRICHLOROETHYLENE, DICHLOROETHYLENE, and METHYLENE CHLORIDE. Fridley and Brooklyn Center draw drinking water from the contaminated aquifer. The ground water also discharges into the Mississippi River, which supplies water to Minneapolis 800 feet downstream of the FMC property. Low levels of TRICHLOROETHYLENE have been found in the city's drinking water. Status (July 1983): On June 8, 1983, FMC, the State, and EPA entered an agreed order under Section 106 of CERCLA.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater is contaminated with VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) including TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE). Soil was contaminated with TCE. TCE was detected in high concentrations near the Mississippi River and probably contributed to the detection of VOCS in the Minneapolis drinking water supply intake. The main health risk of concern to people is from drinking contaminated groundwater. There are no private drinking water wells in the area. Therefore, area residents are not directly exposed to groundwater contamination from the site.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    BENZENE    X
    CADMIUM    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
    Aquifer discharges into: Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 0
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for FMC CORP. (FRIDLEY PLANT):

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    EPA ID: MND006481543
    Address: 4800 E RIVER RD
    FRIDLEY, MN 55421
    Other Names: FMC CORP
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Manufacturing Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 1
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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