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1 Leech Lake Brownfields Program Diane Thompson Diane Thompson Hazardous Waste Manager Mario Reyes Mario Reyes Hazardous Waste Technician

2 What is a Brownfield? Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

3 Funding for Tribes in United States In 2002, Congress passed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act In 2002, Congress passed the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act the Brownfields Revitalization Act authorizes $50 million in annual grants between 2002 and 2006 to Tribes and States to develop BRPs the Brownfields Revitalization Act authorizes $50 million in annual grants between 2002 and 2006 to Tribes and States to develop BRPs Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) awards grants to Tribes and States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) awards grants to Tribes and States

4 Leech Lake Brownfields Response Program (B.R.P.) Initiated in 2003, the BRP is an ongoing multi-year effort by the Band’s Division of Resource Management (“DRM”) to develop a dynamic response program. Initiated in 2003, the BRP is an ongoing multi-year effort by the Band’s Division of Resource Management (“DRM”) to develop a dynamic response program. Expand the Department’s environmental enforcement capabilities. Expand the Department’s environmental enforcement capabilities. Assert the Band’s sovereignty and civil regulatory authority. Assert the Band’s sovereignty and civil regulatory authority. Protect the health of the Reservation Population and the quality of the Reservation Environment. Protect the health of the Reservation Population and the quality of the Reservation Environment.

5 B.R.P. Requirements under CERCLA Section 128(a) B.R.P. Requirements under CERCLA Section 128(a) Timely survey and inventory of brownfields sites on Tribal lands Timely survey and inventory of brownfields sites on Tribal lands Oversight and enforcement authorities Oversight and enforcement authorities Effective means to approve, verify, and certify cleanup actions Effective means to approve, verify, and certify cleanup actions Meaningful opportunities for public participation Meaningful opportunities for public participation Maintenance of public records. Maintenance of public records.

6 Steps in Conducting a Brownfields Response Program Site discovery Site discovery Initial investigation Initial investigation Site hazard assessment Site hazard assessment Site hazard ranking Site hazard ranking Remedial investigation/feasibility study Remedial investigation/feasibility study Selection of a cleanup action Selection of a cleanup action Site cleanup Site cleanup

7 Past and Current Sites Facility Center –Cass Lake Facility Center –Cass Lake Underground Storage Tanks Underground Storage Tanks Enbridge Pumping Station – Cass Lake Enbridge Pumping Station – Cass Lake Inger Store Inger Store Division of Resource Management (DRM) Division of Resource Management (DRM) Waboose Bay Methamphetamine Lab Site Waboose Bay Methamphetamine Lab Site

8 Facility Center U.S.T.’s Two 10,000 gallon fuel oil tanks on northwest corner of Facility Center Two 10,000 gallon fuel oil tanks on northwest corner of Facility Center These were removed in 2006 These were removed in 2006 Picture of tanks outside of Facility Center on next slide Picture of tanks outside of Facility Center on next slide

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10 South Cass Lake Station Release Identified in May 2001 during voluntary monitoring well construction program Identified in May 2001 during voluntary monitoring well construction program Source was from an underground weeping flange. Dug up and fixed, accessible impacted soil removed. Source was from an underground weeping flange. Dug up and fixed, accessible impacted soil removed. Investigation completed in phases in May 2001, September 2001, August 2002 and October 2003 Investigation completed in phases in May 2001, September 2001, August 2002 and October 2003 Ongoing ground water monitoring 4 times/year Ongoing ground water monitoring 4 times/year

11 South Cass Lake Pumping Station

12 U.S.G.S. Survey September 2007 DRM, Ennbridge and United States Geological Survey (USGS) are in collaboration in dealing with the South Cass Lake Pumping Station Spill DRM, Ennbridge and United States Geological Survey (USGS) are in collaboration in dealing with the South Cass Lake Pumping Station Spill USGS finished push-probes work on Sept. 21, 2007 USGS finished push-probes work on Sept. 21, 2007 Found the dissolved plume of benzene to be 100 meters (328 ft.) further to the east-southeast than the original survey Found the dissolved plume of benzene to be 100 meters (328 ft.) further to the east-southeast than the original survey Map of past and current plume on next page Map of past and current plume on next page

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14 U.S.G.S. Future Surveys Data from September survey will be reviewed to see if any more push-probe data are needed Data from September survey will be reviewed to see if any more push-probe data are needed Decisions will also be made on where to put observation wells Decisions will also be made on where to put observation wells A few links to look at regarding this site: A few links to look at regarding this site:

15 Inger Store The site was used as a Grocery Store/Gas Station. The site was used as a Grocery Store/Gas Station. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is the legal owner of this property. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is the legal owner of this property. Phase I Environmental survey completed on Phase I Environmental survey completed on tanks were removed from this site – all of which were in poor condition. 3 tanks were removed from this site – all of which were in poor condition. Two suction pumps remain at the site. Two suction pumps remain at the site. Suspected source of the release to the unsaturated soil and groundwater system was attributed to tank overfill. Suspected source of the release to the unsaturated soil and groundwater system was attributed to tank overfill. *** This site is ready for use as of 2006***

16 Inger Store Old Location

17 Leech Lake DRM Site Planning to have botanical seed garden put on DRM site Planning to have botanical seed garden put on DRM site Past owners were Wheeler Lumber/Supply Company Past owners were Wheeler Lumber/Supply Company Minnesota Chippewa Tribe construction company Minnesota Chippewa Tribe construction company Now owned by Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Now owned by Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

18 DRM Phase I and Phase II work Phase I – consisted of interviews of past owners and people familiar with the site Phase I – consisted of interviews of past owners and people familiar with the site It also included searching of databases, and old documents regarding the site. It also included searching of databases, and old documents regarding the site. Possibly some contamination from the RCRA vault to the east and St. Regis superfund site just to the north of the DRM property Possibly some contamination from the RCRA vault to the east and St. Regis superfund site just to the north of the DRM property

19 DRM – Phase II Phase II soil sampling completed on DRM site on June 20 th, 2007 Phase II soil sampling completed on DRM site on June 20 th, 2007 Data still being processed Data still being processed Next step if needed will be the cleanup phase for the site Next step if needed will be the cleanup phase for the site Photo of soil sample locations on the site on next page Photo of soil sample locations on the site on next page

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21 Waboose Bay Site A clandestine drug laboratory was seized on June 13, 2003 A clandestine drug laboratory was seized on June 13, 2003 The production of methamphetamine potentially provides immediate and long term health and safety concerns The production of methamphetamine potentially provides immediate and long term health and safety concerns This allotment has been and is currently occupied illegally (trespassing) by unknown individuals. This allotment has been and is currently occupied illegally (trespassing) by unknown individuals. Phase I completed and report sent to EPA in November 2006 Phase I completed and report sent to EPA in November 2006 It was approved by EPA for Phase II testing It was approved by EPA for Phase II testing

22 Phase II Soil Sampling of property completed on October 30 th, 2007 Soil Sampling of property completed on October 30 th, 2007 Samples were sent to STL Labs and we are waiting for the results Samples were sent to STL Labs and we are waiting for the results Photos included on next few pages of location of Waboose bay and aerial of property Photos included on next few pages of location of Waboose bay and aerial of property

23 Waboose Location Map

24 ! kj Pit #1 kj Pit #2 !? Outhouse Well P o r t a g e C r e e k Horse Stable BLDG 1 Dock Active Burn Pits BLDG 2 BLDG 4 BLDG 3 2 Small Trailers kj Pit #3 Scattered Solid Waste

25 Brownfields 2008 If needed we plan on starting cleanup process of DRM and Waboose Bay Site. If needed we plan on starting cleanup process of DRM and Waboose Bay Site. Working with foresty on the cleanup of more open (illegal) dumps around the reservation –currently over 70 dumps located around the reservation. Working with foresty on the cleanup of more open (illegal) dumps around the reservation –currently over 70 dumps located around the reservation. Cleanup of S. Lake open dump site and testing for asbestos and lead at the Onigum church site. Cleanup of S. Lake open dump site and testing for asbestos and lead at the Onigum church site. Working with the community to locate any other sites that would fall under the brownfields program, as well as any other open dump sites that are not already logged in. Working with the community to locate any other sites that would fall under the brownfields program, as well as any other open dump sites that are not already logged in.

26 Onigum Church Approved Site Eligible on November 19 th, 2007 by E.P.A. Approved Site Eligible on November 19 th, 2007 by E.P.A. Will be doing testing for Lead and Asbestos Will be doing testing for Lead and Asbestos Three photos of the onigum church on next three slides Three photos of the onigum church on next three slides

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30 S. Lake illegal Dump Site Received from Jane Neumann in Chicago stated that this site is eligible for the brownfields Grant 128(a) to do an assessment Received from Jane Neumann in Chicago stated that this site is eligible for the brownfields Grant 128(a) to do an assessment Site was located by Keith Karnes and DRM Forestry Department Site was located by Keith Karnes and DRM Forestry Department Will do Phase I assessment Spring 2008 Will do Phase I assessment Spring 2008 Picture and Map location on next two pages Picture and Map location on next two pages

31 S. Lake illegal dump site

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