kurt manufacturing co.


The 7-acre Kurt Manufacturing site is located in Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota, approximately one mile east of the Mississippi River and approximately six miles north of the City of Minneapolis. Kurt has been a precision machining and metal fabrication manufacturer since 1959. As part of its operations, cutting oils and chlorinated solvents (volatile organic compounds or VOCs) were used. One of the main VOCs used at the site was tetrachloroethylene (PCE). Until 1982, metal cuttings contaminated with cutting oils and solvents, including PCE, were placed in storage bins located outside the plant's loading dock area for pickup and recycling. A "sump," consisting of a low area in the ground to collect runoff, was located at the base of the metal cuttings storage bin. VOCs are believed to have entered the soil and groundwater at the site from this sump. In addition, in the mid- to late-1970s, a hose connecting a PCE delivery truck and a metal degreasing machine ruptured, and an estimated 10-30 gallons of PCE spilled onto the center of the metal finish bay floor, which had floor grates leading to the sanitary sewer floor drain along the entire length of the metal finish bay floor. This incident may have contributed to the release of VOCs into soil and groundwater at the site. The site is an industrial property and has neighboring industrial and residential areas. Over 163,000 people live within one mile of the site. In 1984, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Kurt entered into a Response Order by Consent (ROC), and the site was added to Minnesota’s Permanent List of Priorities (PLP). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1984 and finalized the site on the NPL in June 1986. Site Responsibility The Kurt Manufacturing site was being addressed through potentially responsible party (PRP) actions under state oversight as a part of EPA's enforcement deferral pilot agreement with MPCA. It is now being addressed through PRP actions under federal and state oversight.

Hazardous Ranking Score

31 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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        People living
        within a 1 mile radius


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