Public views wanted on potential river cleanup


August 14, 2020

Contamination lies underneath the beautiful waters of the Thomson and Scanlon reservoirs, and the MPCA is inviting the public to comment on its plans for cleanup. Photographer Alan Johnson shared this image of the Thomson Reservoir; both his home and photography studio are on land adjacent to the reservoir.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has released studies of two contaminated sites - the Scanlon and Thomson reservoirs - in the St. Louis River Area of Concern that detail cleanup options for the sites. The public is invited to review the cleanup alternatives by studying the plans online and commenting to the MPCA.

The Scanlon Reservoir site is east of Scanlon and downstream of Cloquet. The site is approximately 40 acres and bounded by forested lands owned by electricity provider Minnesota Power and paper mill owner Sappi. The Thomson Reservoir site is a 339-acre area located just north...

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