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Ford’s riverside toxic dump under investigation

The Ford Motor Company “Area C” Dump (foreground) contains unknown quantities of industrial waste and construction debris. The dump has a concrete cap that Ford formerly used to park semi-trailers. (Photo: Regents of the University of Minnesota)

From 1945 until 1966, the Ford Motor Company dumped unknown quantities of industrial waste, including solvents and paint sludge, on the floodplain of the Mississippi River below the bluff adjacent to its St. Paul assembly plant. The dump, known as “Area C”, adjoins the popular Hidden Falls Park and the Mississippi River, a location where floodwaters regularly inundate the dump. >>