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Kalamazoo Commissioners scheduled for special update on contaminated dump


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners will hold a special meeting Tuesday to get an update from staff on the status of the clean-up at the Allied Paper dump site off Alcott.

The city and local environmentalists have been battling with the EPA for years over the final plan to deal with 1.5 million yards of PCB contaminated soil currently contained in a 220 acre site off Alcott on the city’s near south side. There is only so much money available to do the project because of the bankruptcy of the parent firm, Millennium Holdings.

The EPA had said that it’s too expensive to do a true clean up and remove the soil. Their preferred alternative was to cap it and store it on site.

The City found a private bidder that would remove the soil for a lot less than the EPA said it would cost, and the Agency has been studying the alternatives for over a year. They had promised a feasibility study would be ready early this year.

Commissioners will get an update Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at City Hall.