From: U.S. EPA
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007
Subject: Water and Toxic Chemicals
News (Region 5): St. Marys River/Tannery Bay cleanup finished
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No. 07 - OPA162
St. Marys River/Tannery Bay cleanup finished
- Sept. 20, 2007) The Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup of Tannery
Bay on St. Marys River in Sault Ste.
is complete. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Phelps Dodge and Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality have finished dredging 44,000 cubic yards
of contaminated sediment from the bay. St. Marys River is the connecting
channel between lakes Superior
to the Great Lakes Legacy Act, this beautiful area is no longer tarnished by
the legacy of industrial pollution," said EPA Great Lakes National Program
Manager Mary Gade. "One of the last known contaminated hot spots on the U.S. side of St. Marys
River has now been cleaned up. Large amounts of chromium and
mercury no longer contaminate the bay and have been prevented from entering the
Great Lakes. Legacy Act projects have shown
that it's possible to make meaningful progress in a short period of time toward
cleaning up and restoring rivers and harbors around the Great
$8 million cleanup began in September 2006. Cleaning up contaminated sediment
from the bay and a nearby wetland removed about 1 million pounds of chromium
and 70 pounds of mercury from the environment. The pollution is mainly
byproducts from the former Northwestern Leather Co. tannery that operated
during the first half of the 20th century.
Great Lakes Legacy Act provided $4.8 million of the cost of the project and
Phelps Dodge, which owns the former tannery property, contributed $2.6 million.
Michigan provided $600,000 through its Clean Michigan Initiative.
passed and the president signed the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002 to address
the problem of contaminated sediment in American areas of concern on the Great Lakes. Areas of concern are severely degraded sites
within the lakes where there is significant pollution. Polluted sediment is a
reason many Great Lakes fish are not safe to
eat in unlimited quantities. It also harms aquatic life and habitat and
pollutes sources of drinking water.
Marys River Area of Concern: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/stmarys.html
Great Lakes Legacy Act: http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/sediment/legacy/
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