Officials plan to discuss ideas for Kalamazoo River Superfund cleanup; proposal due next year

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — Officials this week plan to hold a public meeting to discuss ideas being considered for an upcoming Kalamazoo River cleanup.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1wRMO2M ) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide information and answer questions about cleanup options for the portion of the Kalamazoo River from the Morrow Dam in Kalamazoo County's Comstock Township to Plainwell.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. The EPA expects to propose a cleanup plan next year. After the plan is announced there will be a public comment period as well as a formal hearing to explain details of the work.

The EPA says Georgia-Pacific LLC, one of several parties legally responsible for the site, produced a feasibility study that describes and analyzes several cleanup options. Those range from no further action to massive multi-million dollar excavations.

The area is part of the 80-mile Kalamazoo River Superfund cleanup. The Kalamazoo River was tainted for decades with industrial waste from paper mills and other manufacturing plants. Problems include contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

The EPA's goals for reducing the amount of PCBs in soil and sediment are set in part to protect people's health and the environment, comply with state and federal regulations and ensure that fish caught in the river other waterways are safe to eat.

A fish-consumption advisory has been in place since the 1970s. Officials want to protect people who live, work and play along the river.


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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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