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Final cleanup of the old Austin gas plant to begin

Should be completed by next summer.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 12:09 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – Clean up at the old gas plant site in Austin is scheduled in September.

Minnesota Energy Resources says residents may notice increased traffic and odors at the site adjacent to the Cedar River, near the intersection of East Oakland Avenue and 4th Street Southeast. Excavation and remediation work is expected to last about three months.

The Cedar River Recreational Trail will be closed in the area for safety and Minnesota Energy Resources says it will be monitoring air quality while work is going on.

This project is expected to be complete by June.

Minnesota Energy Resources says Initial work in the area was performed in 2008 by the Interstate Power & Light Co. Ownership was passed to Minnesota Energy Resources in 2015 and has been working since that time to complete the cleanup. The former plant that occupied the site was demolished after it ceased operations in 1935.

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