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Kalamazoo residents to voice outrage over Allied Paper dump site Friday


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- This Friday at noon, Kalamazoo city officials, community leaders and neighborhood residents will hold a press conference to voice their concerns with the most recent proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cap and monitor soil contaminated with PCBs at the Allied Paper neighborhood site.

The group is calling for the EPA to do a full removal of the soil to a facility that is designed to handle toxic waste. Weekly meetings have been organized by the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition and Michigan United to form a community plan to fight the EPA's proposal. The EPA's plan is being called "unreasonable and unjust" since the Allied site is one of the only Superfund sites in the country that is located in a residential neighborhood and above a city aquifer. 

Confirmed speakers for Friday’s event include:

Bruce Merchant, Director of Public Services for the City of Kalamazoo

Don Cooney, City Commissioner and Professor at Western Michigan University's School of Social Work

Rico White, member of the Edison Neighborhood Association Board

Bill Wells, President of the Edison Neighborhood Association Board

Gary Wager, Director of the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition

Dr. Charles Warfield, President of the NAACP

Tobi Hanna-Davies, VP of Communications for ISAAC

Graciela Valdez, Edison resident, St. Joseph's parishioner, and Michigan United member

The press conference will be held at the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo located at 2400 Portage St. The best entrance is off Phillips St. Members of the community are welcome.  

Check back to WKZO for updates and video from Friday’s event.

Check out everything you need to know on the Allied Paper controversy here:

Congressman Fred Upton says he will lobby the EPA on the Allied Paper site plans

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kalamazoo City Commission holds special meeting on Allied Paper dump site

Kalamazoo officials say they have a cheaper alternative to the Allied Paper dump cleanup

Kalamazoo groups planning to protest over Allied Paper Dump proposal

Environmental Protection Agency prefers plan to keep PCB's in place at Allied Paper dump

Allied Paper dump strategy session to be held Tuesday evening in Kalamazoo

Allied Paper Clean-up Still a Problem

VIDEO: Kalamazoo Mayor Hopewell on Allied Paper Site Cleanup