Celebration to honor cleanup of White Lake in Muskegon County, a Great Lakes toxic hot spot

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MONTAGUE, Michigan — Local leaders and activists are celebrating the removal of White Lake in Muskegon County from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that prolonged cleanup and restoration work has been completed and the site restored.

White Lake was declared a Great Lakes "area of concern" in 1985 because of severe environmental degradation, primarily from industrial and municipal wastes. The area includes wetlands at the river mouth and extends to Lake Michigan.

MLive.com (http://bit.ly/1nRcWHF ) reports the 7 p.m. celebration Thursday will be at a bookstore in Montague.

On the program are a presentation on White Lake's pollution history and recovery and remarks from dignitaries. Area school pupils are participating as well.

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