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Sparrows Point cleanup meeting tonight

The former Sparrows Point steel mill property.
The former Sparrows Point steel mill property. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Environmental officials will hold a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the cleanup plan for the former Sparrows Point steel mill property in eastern Baltimore County.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Hall, 7500 North Point Road in Edgemere.

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Sparrows Point Terminal LLC, the property's new owner, has reached cleanup agreements with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The new owner, which is financially backed by local investment firm Redwood Capital Investments, has pledged to spend $48 million cleaning up the land and groundwater on the 3,100-acre property. Sparrows Point Terminal also will pay $3 million to the EPA to investigate issues in the water surrounding Sparrows Point.

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Sparrows Point Terminal also will pay MDE $100,000 annually to cover the expense of state employees monitoring the work at the site.

The property has a litany of environmental contamination concerns that stem from more than 100 years of steelmaking activities. Bethlehem Steel ran the steel mill for generations, but the mill closed for good in 2012 after a series of ownership changes.

Sparrows Point Terminal bought the property earlier this year with plans to redevelop it into an industrial campus that could serve the port of Baltimore and attract tenants involved in transportation, manufacturing and logistics.

No tenants have been announced, but Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said last week that a "national employer" is close to signing a deal.

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