McCollum Statement on EPA Announcement of Hazardous Waste Cleanup in St. Paul
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency announced an emergency $1.6 million hazardous waste cleanup at the Plating, Inc. site in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul:
“The dangerous nature of the chemicals and hazardous materials at the Plating, Inc. site demands a coordinated environmental response to ensure public safety and health are protected.
“As the cleanup process unfolds, my office will work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the City of St. Paul to ensure that the residents and employees in the surrounding area are safe and receive the assistance they need.
“At the same time, the individuals who walked away from this site and knowingly endangered the public must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I urge state and federal prosecutors to pursue this case as what would appear to be a very serious environmental crime.”