KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Manager Ken Collard says it’s a battle, one that has lasted years. The EPA would probably prefer not to have to remove the 1.5-million cubic yards of contaminated soil in the Allied Paper dump off Alcott Street, but City officials and commissioners made it clear last night that total removal is the only option that will satisfy them.
Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Commissioner Don Cooney say it simply doesn’t belong there, next to a home for seniors and a residential community. Public Utilities Manager Bruce Merchant says the EPA will reveal their preferred option this September .and they hope its total removal.
But if not, they will also recommend a ground water monitoring program to make sure the contaminants don’t move. The unsealed and uncapped dump is close to a city water well field, and they fear contamination of the city’s water supply.