By MPR News 

State find most old landfills are leaking chemicals, badly


March 26, 2021

Kirsti Marohn

MPR News

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says contamination from PFAS — so-called “forever chemicals” — has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills, at amounts higher than the state’s acceptable levels for safe drinking water.

Fifteen of the closed, mostly unlined landfills have PFAS contamination at least 10 times higher than the state’s health-based advisory values. One — Gofer Landfill near Fairmont in Martin County — is more than 1,300 times higher.

Carlton County’s former landfill near the current transfer station south of Minne...

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