Property owners in the Southeast Como neighborhood of Minneapolis allege they are at risk from toxic vapors being released as a result of chemical dumping from 1940-1960.

Background

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, areas of the Como neighborhood of Southeast Minneapolis are potentially affected by an underground vapor plume that may be releasing trichloroethylene (TCE) into certain properties, risking the health of the inhabitants and diminishing the property value of homes and businesses. The contamination was allegedly caused by the dumping of toxic chemicals from the 1940s to the early 1960s at a former 4General Mills research site. Treatment of the impacted groundwater began in 1985 and continued until 2010, when those efforts were shut down. However, over 200 property owners were asked to allow testing of their soil to determine whether TCE vapors are still present. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, “groups considered to be more sensitive to potential health effects from breathing in TCE vapor include unborn children, infants and children, and/or people with impaired immune systems.”

Como TCE Contamination Lawsuit

Zimmerman Reed represents property owners in the Como neighborhood in a lawsuit against General Mills for exposing homes and businesses to TCE. On February 27, 2015, the court deciding this case determined that the case could proceed as a class action on behalf of all residential property owners who do not yet have any physical injuries caused by the TCE contamination. Prior to this order, the court denied General Mills motion to dismiss. The court has yet to decide whether the property owners’ claims or General Mills’ defenses have merit.

If you own property in the Como neighborhood, call our firm at 1.800.887.8029 for more information about the lawsuit.

MPR NEWS 11/12/2013

“Recent soil tests in a small section of the Como neighborhood show that vapor levels from a common solvent exceed government health limits for indoor air.  State officials say they need to test about 200 homes in the area to make sure that the vapors aren’t seeping into residents’ basements.”

How We Can Help

If you are a resident or business owner in the Como neighborhood and are concerned about TCE contamination – whether related to personal injury or property devaluation – we encourage you to contact our firm to learn how we may be able to help you navigate through this issue.  Please call attorney Gordon Rudd at 612-341-0400 or fill out an online case review form.  Zimmerman Reed has a long history representing individuals and communities impacted by toxic substances. Click here to learn more about our past experience in environmental cases.