The EPA came to Kalamazoo, on Feb 19, to present options for the PCB cleanup at the former Allied Paper site. It was evident that they remain convinced that we have nothing to worry about, and that the PCBs are fine, right where they are. Project manager Jim Saric points out that the contamination has been in place for 50 years or so, and there has never been any detection of PCBs in the city water supply. So their logic is that therefore, there never will be any contamination of our drinking water.
The City of Kalamazoo disagrees. City officials question testing methods and veracity of data, regarding possible interaction with aquifers below the Allied site, source of municipal well water for about 100,000 people.
Citizens have expressed similar concerns for health and habitat, as well as a desire to remove the fences with “hazardous waste” and other warning signs, in the middle of residential neighborhoods.
“We look forward to a time when we can reuse this land…” said Edison Neighborhood Assn. president Bill Wells.
Coverage of the event is at http://kzootv.com/permalink/epaalliedopenhouse.html