Known more commonly as the home of the retired ore carrier/tourist attraction the William A. Irvin, Duluth’s Minnesota Slip is also home to 37,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.
The contamination is the result of a century of industrial and shipping activities that left “legacy pollutants” that are likely destined for cleanup.
This site is one of several identified for clean up as part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is offering the public a chance to review the slip’s four viable clean-up options and make comments at an open house August 24.
The event will run from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Duluth office at 525 Lake Avenue South.
The MPCA, city of Duluth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will be on hand to answer questions about the slip’s projects, sediment cleanup alternatives, timelines and next steps.
The public will be able to comment on the cleanup alternatives at the open house or in writing prior to September 9.