Harbor Tour Aimed At Scoring Funding For Clean-Up Projects

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The Vista Fleet became a funding platform Tuesday for environmental agencies that are hoping for state funding to help clean up the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency invited the Senate Capital Investment Committee for a first-hand look at successful clean-up project for contaminated sites in the harbor, as well as sites that still need millions of dollars in funding to restore.

“The hands on, feet on the ground, is so much more helpful than just sitting in committee down in St. Paul, and I think all of the people I have talked to have appreciated that opportunity,” said Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, chairman of the Senate Capital Investment Committee.

There are 43 contaminated sites across the Great Lakes from decades-old industrial companies when pollution regulations were not in place, according to officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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