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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 14:27:32 -0500
Subject: [r5news] EPA Changes Cleanup Plan for West KL Avenue Landfill; 
Creates Water Service Zone
To: "r5news" <r5news@lists.epa.gov>
From: "Karen Reshkin" <reshkin.karen@epamail.epa.gov>

Reply-To: "r5news" <r5news@lists.epa.gov>

                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: Dave Novak, (312) 886-7478
          Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA038

EPA Changes Cleanup Plan for West KL Avenue Landfill; Creates Water
Service Zone

CHICAGO (March 21, 2003) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
announces a change to the cleanup plan for the West KL Avenue Landfill
Superfund site in Kalamazoo, Mich.  The action formalizes a proposed
change introduced at a public meeting held Oct. 2, 2002, at Oshtemo
Township Hall.

The cleanup plan change is contained in a document called a record of
decision amendment.  To ensure the community has a source of drinking
water that will not be affected by contaminated ground water, the
amendment creates a new municipal water service zone where all properties
will be hooked-up to  Kalamazoo's municipal water system.  All but 84
homes have already been connected to the system.  The service zone is
bounded roughly by KL Avenue to the south, West Main Street to the north,
Second Street to the west and the landfill to the east.

The amendment also requires that institutional controls be placed on the
area to prevent the drilling of private wells.  It allows continued use of
existing uncontaminated wells for irrigation and lawn watering only.

The rest of the 1992 remedy for the main landfill area, including a ground
water pump-and-treat system and a landfill cap, remains unchanged.

About the Site

The 87-acre site, at the intersection of West KL Avenue and Fourth Street,
was established as a private dump about 1950, eventually becoming a
commercial/industrial landfill owned by Kalamazoo County.  It was closed
in 1979 because contamination was found in nearby water wells.  In the
early 1980s, the site was covered with a soil landfill cap.  In 1982, it
was placed on the Superfund National Priorities List.  EPA selected a
cleanup plan in 1990.

For more information about the site, contact community involvement
coordinator Dave Novak, (800) 621-8431, ext. 67478 or e-mail
novak.dave@epa.gov.  Site documents are on file at the Oshtemo Branch of
the Kalamazoo Public Library, 7265 W. Main St.

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