MPCA to devote $2 million to 100 pollution assessments at...

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In the next five years, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to help as many as 100 owners of family-owned businesses, strip malls and other commercial properties both large and small take better stock of their environmental needs.

Free assessments will determine the presence of everything from asbestos contamination to lead-based paint. In some cases, clean-up plans will ready the property owner to make a case for further pollution control funding.

“We can’t use the money for clean-up but we can get it ready to go,” said Amy Hadiaris, supervisor of the MPCA’s voluntary investigation and clean-up program.

It’s a $2 million effort that comes with the general goal of focusing on retail corridors with a high number of businesses operated by people of color, such as University Avenue in St. Paul, Lake Street and West Broadway in Minneapolis, as well as the city of Cass Lake in the northern part of the state, home to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe community. Several of those Twin Cities sites still bear physical scars from the May 2020 riots.

The program is voluntary, but MPCA officials hope to make inroads in each of those corridors and others, such as the...

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