MUSKEGON, Michigan — A western Michigan lake could be removed from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region later this year.
White Lake in Muskegon County was declared a Great Lakes "area of concern" in 1985 because of severe environmental degradation, primarily from industrial and municipal wastes.
The Muskegon Chronicle and The Detroit News report federal officials hope to make the removal official this year. A 30-day public comment period started Wednesday, the same day as a public meeting.
Another meeting is July 21. The area includes wetlands at the mouth of the White River and extends to Lake Michigan. The designation was based on a series of specific ecological problems that would have to be fixed before the site could be dropped from the list.