EPA Details Leech Lake Site Cleanup
A new plan could finally clean up a part of the Leech Lake reservation that deals with contaminated soil.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited Cass Lake on Saturday to discuss what they feel is the best possible fix. After an idea for the project was met with resistance by the tribe in 2011, they came back this year with a new strategy.
The idea is to bury the contaminated dirt under a thick, clean layer. The EPA says this idea will prevent people from breathing in the chemicals, which over a long period of time have the potential to cause cancer.
The area, which is owned by the Regis Paper Company and sits south of the tracks in Cass Lake, has been an EPA project since 1995.
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