by Duluth News Tribune
October 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
As Duluth attempts to ready the former Atlas Cement site for redevelopment, the city is pursuing a cleanup grant for more than a half-million dollars.
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Curious, why are we paying for this cleanup? Wasn’t the cement plant a division of USX? Maybe not. If the former owners of this site still exist shouldn’t they be chipping in a good portion of this money.
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They’ve been working on this thing since 1994. Not much to show for all that it seems.
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Thanks for the link David. Yes, USX has spent a lot of money on the former steel plant site ( I worked on part of that cleanup). My curiosity deals with the Atlas Cement plant site. I understood that USX was an owner of Atlas, I may be wrong though. The only mention of the Atlas site in the MPCA link you provided was regarding a permitted landfill for the demo materials from the Atlas site.
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Maybe I’m confused. We’re talking about two separate sites? The sites are right next to each other right? How come they did all that work on the USX site and nothing at Atlas?
David, They are adjacent to each other. Atlas took waste from the steel plant to make cement. The steel plant is closer to the river and Atlas is along Grand Avenue. Good question about the lack of (or minimal) cleanup done at Atlas.
Actually there was quite a bit of cleanup done but not at the Atlas site. The old USX steel plant was the focus of most of the work, as is shown in the link from David above.
It just seems so crazy. They’ve been working in this area for 20 years and spend millions and they don’t touch this stink pot that renders the whole site unusable?
DNT – Sounds like a story.
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Sorry, the middle 1980s.
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