Cass Lake | Leech Lake - EPA Superfund Hearing on July 30

Have Your Voice Heard... for Future Generations 

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EPA yet again ignores tribal standards for clean-up in their newest cleanup plan St. Regis Paper Co. Superfund Site Leech Lake Reservation–Cass Lake, Minnesota. 

Tribal members of Cass Lake and the Leech Lake oppose any storage of contaminated soils within the boundaries of the St. Regis Superfund Site or within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation.

Why:  

It is essential that the EPA hear from tribal people about the importance of cleaning up this toxic site and restoring the health of our sacred lands.   Public participation and public pressure is necessary to ensure they do the job right.   You do not need to be an expert or say anything fancy - just come and show support and tell them it is long past time to clean up this mess!

Background:  

The St. Regis Paper Company Superfund Site is a former wood preserving facility that operated from 1957 to 1985 in the City of Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Reservation. Groundwater, surface water, sediment and soil on and near the site are contaminated as a result of the wood preserving process and waste disposal activities. While cleanup actions have occurred in the past, dioxin contamination remains on site in areas that are residential or easily accessed by people. For more information, please visit this EPA webpage.  

KILLING CASS LAKE TRAILER

Leech Lake Residents Weigh In On Proposed EPA Cleanup in 2016. Still need to clean the mess.

Read about the proposed plan 

EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Contaminated Soil (PDF)

COME ON OUT!

Show support for the Tribal Standard lead the nation in clean up.

EPA officials will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the proposed cleanup plan. A court reporter will record all public comments.

Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m., 

Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School, 

15 Fourth St. NW, Cass Lake. 

Questions? 

You can contact Benjamin Benoit, Environmental Protection Department at Benjamin.Benoit@llojibwe.org.

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CITIZENS PETITION CIRCULATION

Regarding the St. Regis Superfund Site in Cass lake Minnesota

We the Citizens of the Cass Lake Community and the Leech Lake Reservation to herby indicate with our signature below that we oppose any storage of contaminated soils within the boundaries of the St. Regis Superfund Site or within the boundaries of the Leech Lake Reservation.

>DOWNLOAD PETITION TO CIRCULATE FOR SIGNATURES AND MAIL IN OR HAND IN AT THE HEARING<

CANNOT ATTEND? 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is proposing a plan to clean up soil contamination in the residential areas at the St. Regis Paper Co. site on the Leech Lake Reservation. EPA is interested in your comments on the proposed cleanup plan for these residential areas referred to as “operable unit” 7, or OU7of the St. Regis Paper Co. site. The comment period runs from June 17 through August 15, 2019. Send your comments to EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Heriberto León before midnight, August 15, 2019.

Share your opinions EPA encourages you to comment on this proposed cleanup plan. The Agency will only select a final cleanup plan after reviewing comments received during the public comment period, which runs from June 17 – August 15, 2019. There are several ways to submit written comments: 

EPA contact information 

Heriberto León 

Community Involvement Coordinator 

312-886-6163 

leon.heriberto@epa.gov 

Leslie Patterson 

Remedial Project Manager 

312-353-4904 

patterson.leslie@epa.gov 

EPA Region 5 toll-free 

800-621-8431 

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., weekdays 

WHEN
July 30, 2019 at 6pm - 9pm
WHERE
Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School
15 Fourth St NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
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CONTACT
Benjamin Benoit · Benjamin.Benoit@llojibwe.org

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