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...It probably won't be enough.....


Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 20:03:15 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: U.S. EPA REG 5 NEWS: TORCH LAKE (MI) SITE
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U.S. EPA REG 5 NEWS: TORCH LAKE (MI) SITE
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Technical Contact: Steve Padovani
(312) 353-6755

Media Contact: Eileen Deamer
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MDEQ Contact: Mary Schaefer
(517) 373-9832


For Immediate Release:  September 28, 1998

No. 98-OPA286

EPA:  $15 MILLION FUNDING APPROVED FOR TORCH LAKE CLEANUP

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 and Michigan 
Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
said today that funding has been approved for a $15 million cleanup 
at the Torch Lake Superfund site, Houghton
County, MI.

The site, on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 
includes Torch Lake, the west shore of the
lake, the northern portion of nearby Portage Lake, the 
Portage Lake Canal, Keweenaw Waterway, the Lake Linden
area, the north entry to Lake Superior, Boston Pond, Calumet Lake, 
and a number of other areas in the Keweenaw
Basin. Numerous copper mill tailing and smelting slag piles 
throughout the area are also considered part of the site. 

Cleanup work will proceed on two of the three operable units. 
Operable Unit 1 includes tailings at Lake Linden,
Hubbell-Tamarack City, and Mason. Operable Unit 3 includes 
tailings at Calumet Lake, Boston Pond, Michigan
Smelter, Dollar Bay, Point Mills, Scales Creek, and North Entry. 
In 1994, EPA determined that no further cleanup was
appropriate for Operable Unit 2, Torch Lake itself.

With the funding approval, the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service  (a division of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture) will manage the work under EPA oversight--and 
will begin accepting contractor bids to perform the
work. Actual construction will begin next summer, most likely in 
the Lake Linden portion of Unit 1. The project is
expected to continue through 2004.

Torch Lake and the surrounding area were home to a 
number of copper mills and smelting factories for over 100
years, beginning in 1868. Wastes from these operations were 
historically dumped in Torch Lake and throughout
the area. EPA estimates that contaminated sediment in some 
areas may be up to 70 feet thick.
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