City of Kalamazoo officials discussed the PCB issue on mLive.com today. Bruce Merchant, director of public services, and city commissioner Don Cooney made comments and answered questions on a live forum/chat today. Over 50 comments were received, including questions about the City’s earmarking over $200k for advocacy for the total removal of all PCB-contaminated material at the former Allied Paper site.
The EPA has said the current plan is to consolidate and cap the over 1.5 million cubic yards of paper-making waste at the site. The waste storage site would require water quality monitoring and testing, and remain a fenced-off forbidden zone “in perpetuity” per the EPA.
Representative Fred Upton and Senators Levin and Stabenow have sent a letter to the EPA in support of the total removal of all the contaminated material.
A PCB Protest March is slated for 5 – 7 pm on Wednesday, May 15. Supporters will walk from the Homecrest Circle neighborhood, to the Allied site gate on Alcott, just west of Goodwill, 420 E. Alcott. Organizers ask that you bring your signs, or carry one of ours. We need to show the EPA that the people of Kalamazoo want a Cleanup, not a Coverup! JOIN US!