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Title: Superfund & Brownfields News (Region 5): Fox River cleanup plan amended to include additional capping

Dear Michigan,

See the press release below from EPA on Wisconsin’s Fox River, which flows to Green Bay in Lake Michigan.  I posted the original message last fall sometime about the Fox River’s cleanup plans being scaled back.  Follow the link http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/foxriver for all the documents on the remediation, and then scroll down the page to Legal Documents for the updated Record of Decision.  The following link may work, too: 

Record of Decision, ROD Amendment OU2-5, Responsiveness Summary, Administrative Record Index, June 2007 (PDF) (269pp., 4.0MB)


Will building a sand and gravel-armored substrate on top of PCB-contaminated sediments make fish safe to eat some day?  Can we assume it will actually work??  Those watching the Kalamazoo River Superfund situation may learn from what is happening on the Fox River





Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

tel:  517-484-2372


Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.



From: U.S. EPA [mailto:usaepa@govdelivery.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:16 AM
To: rita.jack@sierraclub.org
Subject: Superfund & Brownfields News (Region 5): Fox River cleanup plan amended to include additional capping


  CONTACT:(EPA) Mick Hans, 312-353-5050, hans.mick@epa.gov
                  (EPA) William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov
                  (WDNR) Greg Swanson, 608-264-6024 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         
No. 07-OPA109

Fox River cleanup plan amended to include additional capping

CHICAGO (June 28, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources today announced a modification to the cleanup plan for PCB-contaminated sediment in Wisconsin's Lower Fox River. 

The modification, called a Record of Decision Amendment, builds on the original 2003 plan for Operable Units 2 - 5, incorporating new data and taking advantage of the benefits of both dredging and engineered capping to minimize further PCB-contamination impacts on the river system. Though the modification includes more capping than originally planned, the Fox River remains the largest PCB dredging project ever proposed.

The new plan will result in lower PCB concentrations after cleanup, and will be completed sooner than the original plan. The plan also allows for more customized cleanup activities to meet the specific conditions of much smaller areas. The agencies believe the amended plan will also be more cost-effective while maintaining protection of human health and the environment. 

The engineered caps will range from 13 to 33 inches thick, combining layers of sand and large stones.  The caps are extremely durable as well, designed to remain stable though major floods, winter ice and boat propeller wash.

A comment period on the proposed cleanup plan revisions closed in January. EPA received approximately 600 comments. A public meeting attended by nearly 300 people was held in December.

More information on the Fox River cleanup is posted at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/foxriver

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