March 05, 2017 11:07 PM
The St. Paul Port Authority told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the estimated cost to clean up pollution at the new St. Paul soccer stadium site is $8 million.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said the most prevalent contaminant at the site is petroleum, which was anticpated because a large portion of the site is a former bus garage location for the Metropolitan Council.
An MPCA spokesperson said the pollution tests did not turn up any surprises and the scope of the clean up is described as "medium-sized."
The government has pledged $3 million toward funding the cleanup with the state, Ramsey County, Met Council and federal government all chipping in to help pay the bill.
The St. Paul Port Authority said the remaining $5 million is the "responsibility of the soccer team and developer."
St. Paul City Councilor Jane Prince said, "I hope the team's ownership and the developer step up and pay the remaining balance of the cleanup costs because that is the way I understand the agreement, and that's the understanding of the St. Paul Port Authority as well."
The cleanup has not yet begun, and the MPCA said the costs on projects like these can fluctuate up or down, depending on what is found once they start moving dirt and doing the actual work needed to get rid of the underground pollution.
KSTP reached out to the ownership of Minnesota United and the developer of the stadium site for comment, but did not hear back from them yet.
Updated: March 05, 2017 11:07 PM
Created: March 05, 2017 08:27 PM
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