Comment sought on Allied Paper Superfund site cleanup plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment after officially releasing its proposal to clean up Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper Superfund site.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the proposal is similar to a compromise plan developed with city officials that was presented earlier this year. A 60-day comment period starts Sept. 30. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Washington Writers’ Academy in Kalamazoo.

The $63 million plan calls for consolidating contaminated soil to about 27 acres. The land would be covered by an impermeable cap and would potentially be available for light recreational reuse. Long-term groundwater monitoring also is proposed.

Some community members wanted to completely remove soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. An earlier plan was estimated to cost $189 million.  (AP)

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