EPA will begin a 30-day public comment period between July 8 and August 6, 2021 on the proposed cleanup plan to address polychlorinated-biphenyls, or PCB, contamination in Area 3 of the Kalamazoo River Superfund site in Otsego, Michigan. Area 3 is a 3.4-mile stretch between Otsego City Dam and the former Otsego Township Dam that flows through forested wetland areas predominately for recreational land use, although some residential parcels exist. EPA proposes to excavate approximately 58,500 cubic yards of floodplain soil and 11,300 cubic yards of riverbank soil and sediment along 6,600 feet of the river containing PCBs. The plan also includes site controls and capping or removal of floodplain soil from private recreational areas and long-term monitoring, inspections and maintenance of riverbank erosion controls. For more details, read EPA FACT SHEET - EPA PROPOSED CLEANUP FOR AREA 3 OF KALAMAZOO RIVER ((8 pp, 1.76 MB) About PDF) (Leer EPA FACT SHEET - EPA PROPONE LIMPIEZA PARA EL ÁREA 3 DEL RÍO KALAMAZOO (8 pp, 1.64 MB), About PDF) para más detalles). EPA will review and respond to comments before finalizing a cleanup plan. The agency will accept comments on the proposal from July 8 to August 6. The public may submit comments:
By mail: Diane Russell, community involvement coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 5, 1300 Bluff St., Suite 140, Flint, MI 48504
Online: www.epa.gov/superfund/allied-paper-kalamazoo and click the “Public Comment Form” and fill out.
At the public meeting:
Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Link to join: https://bit.ly/35qsNGj or, by phone toll-free: 888-475-4499
You will be instructed to provide the meeting ID and passcode listed below whether you join online or by phone: ID: 971 2500 1013, Passcode: 227278 For more information or to join the meeting from the website, visit www.epa.gov/superfund/allied-paper-kalamazoo. See EPA’s full press release here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-begin-public-comment-period-proposed-cleanup-plan-area-3-kalamazoo-river-superfund