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Recover 496 barrels of waste it dumped in Lake Superior near Knife River MN


Lake Superior is the source of drinking water for millions of people. Only nine of the 1,457 barrels dumped into Lake Superior by the Army Corps of Engineers have been recovered. All nine were found to contain a toxic soup of 17 heavy metals -- including benzene, PCBs, chromium, acetone, arsenic, lead, cadmium and barium -- and five different drums surveyed underwater by the U.S. EPA and and by an independent contractor were found to be emitting gamma radiation.

At least 496 of the barrels were dumped at Knife River (largest white smear, upper right on map), but they are being ignored by a planned recovery for testing of up to 70 barrels by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. It may be the the Army Corps is pressuring the Red Cliff Band to ignore the Knife River barrel dump site.

The Corps of Engineers has been involved with planning by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to recover a sampling of 70 the 1,457 barrels of waste dumped by the Corps of Engineers into Lake Superior during the late 1950s and the early 1960s. After imposing demands on the Band to alter its barrel sampling “Work Plan,” and after the firm EMR reportedly failed to identify any of the dumped barrels at the Knife River/Knife Island site, the Band has announced its intention to disregard the well-documented disposal of at least 496 barrels at the Knife Rive site.

We the undersigned demand that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul, Minnesota District, both urge and help facilitate a search for and recovery of all 496 barrels of Honeywell military waste material which, according to its own documentation, it dumped from barges pulled by the Corps of Engineers’ tug Marquette into Lake Superior near Knife River/Knife Island.

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