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


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The EPA apparently intends to leave the PCB contaminated soil at the Allied Paper dump Site and the City of Kalamazoo, the neighborhoods surrounding the dump and environmental groups may be gearing up for a fight.

Mike Wetzel, the city’s Environmental Services Superintendent says the EPA wants to spend about 36-million dollars piling up and capping the wastes on site. City officials have preferred a plan that would remove all the contaminated soil and make the land usable again.

Wetzel says the city has development plans for all that land on the near south side and that plan could stall if the PCB’s remain. There is also the fear that the city’s central well field could be compromised if the contaminants spread.

He says they have been calling all the environmental groups and neighborhoods, and local legislators to alert them to a special meeting at City Hall Tuesday night at 7.

The EPA has not yet formally announced their proposal, but that will come this spring.