Thank you for your interest in preserving our water quality, safeguarding the health of our children’s children, and reclaiming and restoring one of the last scars on our land left over from the paper mills.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to leave over 1.5 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated paper mill waste at the former Allied Paper site, “in perpetuity”. Their current plan is to consolidate and cap this material, keep pumping and treating contaminated ground water, maintain the chain-link fences around a “forbidden zone” in the middle of several Kalamazoo neighborhoods – forever!
It is our goal to persuade the EPA to do the right thing now – remove all the PCB-contaminated soil from the Allied site, and dispose of it in approved landfills, designed and licensed to accept this hazardous material.
Leaving a pile of poison in the middle of our town is not only a bad idea for Kalamazoo residents, but sets a dangerous precedent for the cleanup of the rest of the Allied Paper Inc. / Portage Creek / Kalamazoo River superfund site. PCBs – a very persistent chemical, banned in the 1970s, contaminate river sediments, resulting in warnings not to eat the fish.
Tell the EPA we want a Cleanup, not a Coverup!
What You Can Do:
- Attend our events – show the EPA you want the PCBs OUT!
- Write your state and federal representatives.
- Volunteer to help with our work.
- Donate to help support our campaign.
Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition is a tax-exempt, charitable organization under IRS code 501 c 3.
Donations are tax-deductible under the full extent of the law.