has clearly heard the concerns of
No determination has been made regarding a disposal site or sites for material excavated during 2008. EPA will solicit public input on all disposal options considered.
agreement ensures this important cleanup project will move forward while
addressing the concerns that we have heard," said Steven E. Chester,
director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. "I look
forward to keeping an open dialogue with the community as we continue our
efforts to restore the
The 2007 cleanup work - which was halted on April 13 to allow for additional community input - will resume on May 2. EPA expects that about one-third of the sediment will be removed during 2007. Under the new plan, material excavated from the river during 2007 will be sent to permitted commercial landfills.
The alternative plan for 2007 was proposed by Georgia-Pacific and Millennium Holdings. The companies agreed to perform the $21-25 million cleanup under EPA and Michigan DEQ oversight earlier this year. The government agencies and companies agreed to the new disposal approach this week. A variety of technical, logistical and financial details will be addressed over the next few weeks.
a cleanup plan announced February 28, an estimated 132,000 cubic yards of sediment
was to be sent to Allied Paper's existing disposal area during the 2007-2008
construction seasons. Though the disposal plan for 2007 has been revised, both
EPA and Michigan DEQ firmly believe the original work plan presented in
February is fully protective of human health and the environment and would have
presented no negative impacts to the
More information about the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site may be found at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/kalproject/
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