Public comments on Allied Site cleanup plan due Dec 1

The EPA is taking public comments on their proposed cleanup plan.  The plan recommends consolidating the existing contaminated sediment on to 27 acres of the property, capping, and long-term monitoring.  This plan will allow for areas outside of the cap to be redeveloped.  A full copy of the cleanup plan and other supplemental materials can be found on EPA’s Kalamazoo …

EPA releases report on Allied Landfill cleanup options

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed and released the Feasibility Study Report for Allied Paper Landfill – Operable Unit 1 as part of the Superfund cleanup process. Located between Alcott and Cork Streets in Kalamazoo, the historic landfill has PCB contamination from the disposal of paper-making residuals at the property. The Feasibility Study evaluates four different potential cleanup …

EPA Superfund public meeting, December 4, 2013

EPA recently announced their next public informational meeting for the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo (map). According to EPA’s latest fact sheet, the purpose of the meeting is to update the community about the recently completed PCB cleanup at Portage Creek …

Get connected: Allied Paper site clean-up

The community meeting held this past Tuesday has been getting media attention from a number of outlets, including MLive, Fox 17 News, and WMUK radio. A coalition of community members, local business, and nonprofit organizations are concerned with the direction the US EPA is moving toward for the PCB clean up at the former Allied Paper site. You can connect …

Attend community meeting on PCB clean up at former Allied Paper site

The Kalamazoo City Commission held a special meeting on March 26, 2013 to discuss the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed remedy to consolidate and cap soils contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in and around the former Allied Paper site. At this meeting City Commissioners agreed to push the EPA for full clean up of the site, which was one of …

Meeting to discuss the statewide TMDL for PCBs

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a statewide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for inland lakes impacted by atmospheric deposition of PCBs. The TMDL is required under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act. A draft of the TMDL document is available on the DEQ’s Surface Water Assessment Section website. A meeting will be held to …

Updates from EPA on the Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River PCB cleanup

EPA held a public meeting on January 9, 2013 to provide updates on their progress in Portage Creek. Copies of the three presentations from the meeting are available on EPA’s Kalamazoo River Project website. Portage Creek PCB Cleanup In 2012, EPA completed PCB removal at five sections of Portage and Axtell Creeks as part of a Time-Critical Removal Action. EPA …

EPA to host PCB cleanup proceeding for Portage Creek

Last year the EPA oversaw major cleanup work on the Portage Creek, addressing previously unknown hotspots of PCB contamination in the vicinity of Crosstown Parkway. The US EPA estimates that there is more work to be done, likely extending downstream to the confluence with the Kalamazoo River, during 2013 and maybe 2014. US EPA Region 5 is holding a public …