3-2July 2013Property-Specific Environmental Reviews within the Proposed Project area have been performed by American Engineering Testing, Inc. (AET) for the MSFA. Those Reviews and a summary TechnicalMemorandum are included in
of the EIS. The EDR report of governmental databaserecords search is also included in
126.96.36.199 Affected Environment
Identified Environmental Hazards
Environmental review has identified contaminant impacts to soil, groundwater, and soil gas media onvarious properties. Contaminants include metals, petroleum, volatile organic compounds (VOCs),and other organic compounds such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) andpolychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).These findings are consistent with historical operations within the Proposed Project area, includingthe following: railroad; foundry and ironworks; machining, welding, and sheet metal;blacksmith/tinsmith; electroplating; engraving; plumbing and heating; furniture factory; carpentry andwagonwright; laundry; paint, print, and binding; paper and box factory; bottling and liquor storage;morgue and hospital; warehouse; lumber yard; parking; and auto repair and gas station.
Environmental review indicates that the identified contaminant impacts result in an affectedenvironment at the following properties within the Proposed Project area (see
Block 71 – 300 9
Avenue South: VOCs, PAHs, and metals including barium, copper, andarsenic
Block 73 – 424 Chicago Avenue South and 701 4
Street South (contaminant impacts in LightRail Transit right-of-way adjacent to Block 73): petroleum
Block 94 – 530 Chicago Avenue South: petroleum and PAHs
Block 106 – 309 9
Avenue South: VOCs, PAHs, and metals including lead, copper, andarsenic
Metrodome – 900 5
Street South: organic vapors (i.e., VOCs) and PCBs
Degree of Certainty
MPCA regulatory files for the identified properties have been requested for review, but the files havenot yet become available for review. Given the information accessed, the degree and distribution of contaminated soil conditions is not yet well defined throughout the Proposed Project area. Whilepotential soil contamination is not considered to be everywhere within the Proposed Project area, itwould be difficult to rule out soil contamination at any given location without further assessment.
188.8.131.52 Environmental Consequences
The environmental consequences of contamination in soil, groundwater, and soil gas media beginwith potential risks to site workers, site users, or off-site receptors. The type, magnitude, extent, andother characteristics of contamination will require additional assessment to better define the potentialrisks to human health and the environment. Once more fully defined, the risks will require proper planning and mitigation during the site redevelopment process.
The coarse-grained natural soil deposits are considered susceptible to groundwater contaminationand vapor migration if releases occur. However, the prevalence of paved surfaces and thick fill in