TCA Vapor Intrusion Updates

TCA Vapor Intrusion Updates

  • MN Daily Lawsuit Article SECIA received some more exposure in the Minnesota Daily recently. An article, published March 9th, outlines the TCE litigation issue and the progression of the lawsuit against General Mills. Full ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2015, 10:49 AM by Como Tidbits
  • TCEducate: Industrial history of SE Como February 12, 2014 TCEducate: Industrial history of SE ComoFebruary 12, 6:00 pmVan Cleve ParkSECIA is proud to continue this series of lectures & info sessions created to raise our neighborhood ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2015, 9:10 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Posters from TCEducate Remediation Open House are available on Como Green Village Como Green Village's TCE Public document archive now includes the remediation posters that were on display during our last TCEducate event on October 28th, 2014.  The open house allowed ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:44 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • SE Hennepin Ave Vapor Project: Investigation drilling begins From the MPCA on 11/7/2014:Over the next couple of months, General Mills contractors will be in the Southeast Como neighborhood: Drilling 17 temporary wells/soil borings for ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:12 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • TCEducate Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques Showcase TCEducate: Remediation Techniques Showcase Oct 28, 20145:30-7:00 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)The next segment of TCEducate will be held at Van ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2014, 4:07 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • TCEducate Kickoff is a success! Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques TCEducate Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques on 5:30-7:00 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)Como residents gathered in September at Van Cleve Park ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:15 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Two new fact sheets on TCE vapor mitigation and health effects Many residents’ homes in Como have been tested for trichloroethylene vapors and now have mitigation systems installed. However, residents had continuing questions about what it means for their health. Community ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 11:21 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • TCEducate Lecture Series begins September 9 with Superfund Process TCEducate Lecture Series begins September 9 with Superfund Process6:30 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)SECIA is proud to present the first in a series ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2014, 1:14 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • TCE Q+A Session With Carly Rickett, Master of Public Health, 7/16, 7/24, 6PM Questions about health impacts of TCE exposure in your home? Master of Public Health candidate Carly Rickett may be able to help with answers. Residents with questions about health impacts ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2014, 4:42 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • Latest MPCA letter archived in our database The latest in a series of official communications between SECIA and the MPCA was just posted on our website.  In it, the MPCA denies our request to excavate the original ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 1:50 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • General Mills has submitted first DRAFT Vapor Intrusion Investigation Work Plan to the MPCA; Comments being taken The first, of potentially several drafts of a vapor pollution work plan has been sent to the MPCA by General Mills. The MPCA has 30 days to respond with changes ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2014, 8:01 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • March recap and highlights A lot has happened since February, here are some of the key highlights:In late February, the MPCA published their testing and mitigation work plan. Find it here.On March ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 8:46 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info
  • Paper documents from the MPCA now available online Over 100 documents from the MPCA that were originally only available in paper form have been scanned and are now available in our Documents Archive on our main TCE issue ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 8:13 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info
  • MPCA announces GMI Remediation Action Plan Last week, the MPCA and GMI released the Remediation Action Plan for the neighborhood. The 170-page document is attached to this post and is saved in the Documents Archive ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 8:03 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info
  • TCE issue catches Star Tribune's attention Last week, the Star Tribune ran a front page story on the TCE vapor intrusion issue in SE Como. Check it out here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/250478591 ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2014, 7:58 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info
  • SECIA to hold a Press Conference with MSA and MPIRG Tuesday, March 11, 5:30 pmFraser hall, Room 102106 Pleasant Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455Following the Bi-weekly MSA forum, SECIA, MSA, and MPIRG will host a ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 8:11 PM by Ricardo McCurley
  • SECIA publishes official position in the latest Comotion SECIA released the first draft of it's official position on TCE mitigation and remediation in the Comotion, reaching homes this Thursday and Friday.  SECIA will continue to edit this ...
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 8:11 PM by Ricardo McCurley
  • More about the TCE vapor- a message from Councilmember Cam Gordon Sun Mar 2, 2014 4:27 pm (PST) . Posted by:"Gordon, Cam A." Late last week I had an interesting and disturbing meeting with Dr. Lorne Everett and the legal ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2014, 3:15 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
  • MPCA has posted the final work plan MPCA has posted the final work plan for sampling and mitigation on their website: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/about-mpca/mpca-news/featured-stories/investigating-chemical ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2014, 7:52 AM by GreenIntern@comogreenvillage.info
  • Class Actions are now combined As reported by Siegel Brill on January 19th, the lawyers from the Zimmerman Reed law firm have joined Siegel Brill / Collins Law Firm in the proposed class action case  filed ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2014, 2:22 PM by Stephanie Hankerson
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MN Daily Lawsuit Article

posted Apr 8, 2015, 10:49 AM by Como Tidbits

SECIA received some more exposure in the Minnesota Daily recently. An article, published March 9th, outlines the TCE litigation issue and the progression of the lawsuit against General Mills. Full article here: http://www.mndaily.com/news/metro-state/2015/03/08/se-como-residents’-claims-combining

TCEducate: Industrial history of SE Como February 12, 2014

posted Jan 7, 2015, 12:19 PM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 9:10 AM ]



TCEducate: Industrial history of SE Como
February 12, 6:00 pm
Van Cleve Park

SECIA is proud to continue this series of lectures & info sessions created to raise our neighborhood’s understanding of everything surrounding the contamination and the work that’s being done to clean it up. Topics covered so far include TCE Health effects, the Superfund Process, and Remediation Technologies. Future topic may include Class Action Lawsuits, Geology and Hydrology, Indoor Air Quality and more. These lectures are designed help put our situation in a broader context and continue us on the path of becoming an informed population, able to understand and participate in discussions on the future of our neighborhood.

The February 12th TCEducate lecture focuses on the Industrial history of SE Como and will cover 2 topics. First, we will unveil a new mapping resource that will demonstrate SE Como industries over time along with known pollution locations. Then, professor Pete Raynor from the Uof MN will cover the industrial history of Como and the standard industrial practices through the ages. There will be free refreshments.

Posters from TCEducate Remediation Open House are available on Como Green Village

posted Nov 7, 2014, 10:39 AM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 10:44 AM ]



Como Green Village's TCE Public document archive now includes the remediation posters that were on display during our last TCEducate event on October 28th, 2014.  The open house allowed residents to learn and ask questions about six technologies available for cleaning up groundwater TCE.  The educational materials were created by Bay West, a contractor for the MPCA.  There are illustrations and information available on these topics:
  • Introduction to chlorinated solvents
  • Historical use of chlorinated solvents
  • What happens after a chlorinated solvent spill?
  • Understanding concentrations
  • Excavation
  • Containment
  • Volitilization
  • Injection
  • Natural Processes

The future clean-up of TCE in the SE Como neighborhood will use some or all of these methods. Neighbors will have a chance to comment on the clean-up plan and express their concerns.  To be notified of comment opportunities or other TCE news in Como, sign up online to receive regular updates from the MPCA through GovDelivery. For general questions, contact Cori Rude-Young at 651-757-2680 or at vaporinfo.pca@state.mn.us.

TCEducate is an educational series created by SECIA to assist residents understand the pollution situation in their neighborhood.


SE Hennepin Ave Vapor Project: Investigation drilling begins

posted Nov 7, 2014, 9:57 AM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

From the MPCA on 11/7/2014:

Over the next couple of months, General Mills contractors will be in the Southeast Como neighborhood:

  • Drilling 17 temporary wells/soil borings for collection of soil and groundwater samples
  • Installing approximately 43 groundwater monitoring wells
  • Installing approximately 30 soil vapor monitoring points

This investigation work will help develop a corrective action plan to address the remaining site impacts.

The off-site drilling investigation work began October 27, 2014 and is anticipated to continue through mid-December 2014. For more information on where the drilling will occur, see figure 14 (found above or linked) in the Vapor Intrusion Pathway Investigation and Feasibility Study Work Plan http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/view-document.html?gid=21578.

Contact information

Tim Grape, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
651-757-2893
timothy.Grape@state.mn.us

TCEducate Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques Showcase

posted Oct 21, 2014, 4:07 PM by Stephanie Hankerson

TCEducate: Remediation Techniques Showcase


Oct 28, 2014
5:30-7:00 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)

The next segment of TCEducate will be held at Van Cleve Park on Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 5:30-7:00 pm. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is sponsoring a showcase by Baywest, an environmental consulting firm, to explain the variety of remediations and their viability. This showcase will be an excellent opportunity for residents to learn about different soil and groundwater options for the TCE contamination clean-up. In the future, the Como neighborhood will be asked for input on the TCE cleanup process. Afterwards, from 6:00-7:30 pm, residents will be given a chance to have one-on-one conversations with MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health during their regular Como office hours, also located at Van Cleve. Pie and ice cream will be served. For more information, contact Ricardo at 612 676-1731 or ricardo@comogreenvillage.info

TCEducate Kickoff is a success! Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques

posted Oct 8, 2014, 9:15 AM by Stephanie Hankerson

TCEducate Continues Oct. 28 with Remediation Techniques 
on 5:30-7:00 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)


Como residents gathered in September at Van Cleve Park to hear the first lecture in SECIA’s TCEducate series focusing on neighborhood contamination and the work that’s being done to clean it up. The lecture was very successful. Urban Studies coordinator and advisor at the U of M, Paula Pentel, briefed the audience on Superfund law and how it relates to Como’s current environmental situation. Hans Neve of the MPCA was also present to answer questions and give information about recent mitigation efforts. The lecture was filmed and will be published online in the upcoming weeks.

The next segment of TCEducate will be held at Van Cleve on Oct. 28 from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be no formal lecture, but the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will be sponsoring an open house held by an independent consulting firm. This will be a chance for residents to learn about different soil and groundwater options for the TCE contamination clean-up. Afterwards, from 6:00-7:30 pm, residents will be given a chance to have one-on-one conversations with MPCA and the Minnesota Department of Health. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Ricardo at 612 676-1731 or ricardo@comogreenvillage.info

Two new fact sheets on TCE vapor mitigation and health effects

posted Oct 8, 2014, 8:24 AM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 11:21 AM ]

Many residents’ homes in Como have been tested for trichloroethylene vapors and now have mitigation systems installed. However, residents had continuing questions about what it means for their health. Community members asked for more information, in plain language, about what the TCE exposure means for them. Carly Rickett was recruited for this assignment by the UMN School of Public Health, at the request of the University District Alliance and Southeast Como neighborhood leaders. Ms. Rickett immersed herself in the issue and met with community members and technical experts. She is coordinated her work with the public agencies involved in the issue. Betsy Wattenberg and Peter Raynor, Associate Professors in Environmental Health Sciences, are faculty advisors on the project. Below are the resulting two fact sheets created by Carly using input and questions brought forth at 2 community meetings in July 2014.

The fact Sheet on Health Effects provides helpful answers about pregnancy and infant exposure, the risk of developing cancer, male reproductive system, potential effects of TCE in very high concentrations (occupational exposure), as well as information about where TCE is likely to be found. There's also an explanation of the Environmental Protection Agency's work to establish the safe levels of TCE exposure.

The fact sheet on Vapor Mitigation Systems goes into more detail on the TCE readings which establish the need for a home mitigation system. It also explains the process of designing individual mitigation systems and discusses the safety of indoor air after the system is installed.

TCEducate Lecture Series begins September 9 with Superfund Process

posted Sep 2, 2014, 1:14 PM by Stephanie Hankerson


TCEducate Lecture Series begins September 9 with Superfund Process
6:30 pm at Van Cleve Park (915 15th Ave SE)

SECIA is proud to present the first in a series of lectures created to raise our neighborhood’s understanding of everything surrounding the contamination and the work that’s being done to clean it up. Topics we plan to cover include Remediation Technologies, Industrial History, Geology and Hydrology, Indoor Air Quality and more. These lectures are designed help put our situation in a broader context and continue us on the path of becoming an informed population, able to understand and participate in discussions on the future of our neighborhood.

Our first lecture covers the basics of Superfund law, the federal and state legislation that facilitates and governs environmental clean-ups. Paula Pentel, Coordinator and Advisor for the Urban Studies program at the U of M, will introduce us to the history, process and modern application of Superfund legislation.

Hans Neve and other MPCA staff will be on hand to connect our new knowledge to our status in the Superfund process and share the latest on the mitigation efforts. MPCA will also host an office hours directly following the lecture to answer specific questions from residents.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Ricardo at 612 676-1731 or ricardo@comogreenvillage.info

TCE Q+A Session With Carly Rickett, Master of Public Health, 7/16, 7/24, 6PM

posted Jul 8, 2014, 9:58 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 4:42 PM by Stephanie Hankerson ]

Questions about health impacts of TCE exposure in your home? Master of Public Health candidate Carly Rickett may be able to help with answers. 

Residents with questions about health impacts are invited to send their questions (preferably by July 15) to Ms. Rickett at stock220@umn.edu, or by voice mail at (612) 624-1888. With your questions, Carly will create a Frequently Asked Questions document that can help any residents who have similar concerns.


Carly will also be available at two Question and Answer sessions:
Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 24
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Van Cleve Park Multi-Purpose Room


Many residents’ homes have been tested for TCE and they have the test results, but may have continuing questions about what it means for their health. Community members have asked  for more information, in plain language, about what the TCE exposure means for them. Carly was recruited for this assignment by the UMN School of Public Health, at the request of the University District Alliance and Southeast Como neighborhood leaders. Ms. Rickett has been immersing herself in the issue and meeting with community members and technical experts, and she is coordinating her work with the public agencies involved in the issue. Betsy Wattenberg and Peter Raynor, Associate Professors in Environmental Health Sciences, are faculty advisors on the project. Residents with questions about health impacts are invited to send their questions (preferably by July 15) to Ms. Rickett at stock220@umn.edu, or by voice mail at (612) 624-1888. With your questions, Carly will create a Frequently Asked Questions document that can help any residents who have similar concerns. 

Latest MPCA letter archived in our database

posted Jul 8, 2014, 9:33 AM by Ricardo McCurley   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 1:50 PM by Stephanie Hankerson ]

The latest in a series of official communications between SECIA and the MPCA was just posted on our website.  In it, the MPCA denies our request to excavate the original dump site.  For this and all correspondence, visit our online communication file archive at:

Public docs


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