KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Kalamazoo City Commission, buoyed by a showing of community support, is going to initiate a multi-pronged effort to defeat plans by the Environmental Protection Agency to leave a toxic waste dump in the middle of the city’s biggest neighborhood.
They think the EPA is trying to blow one past them, hoping the community outrage and anger over attempts five years ago to dump more PCB laden soil at the Allied Paper dump site will have subsided.
Commissioners, neighborhood officials and environmental groups made it clear last night that is not the case.
The EPA has proposed what some called a “cheap” solution, to “just pile up the crud and cap it”, as one person put it at last night’s special commission meeting.
The 2-b proposal is one of a range of options the EPA has been sitting on for years. It would involve consolidating the contaminated soil in one section of the 220 acre property, covering it with a water proof cap and leaving 3-million dollars in a maintenance fund to fix fences, do security and periodic well tests to see if any of the contaminants are moving.
The EPA has laid out a quick time-table to get the proposal to the implementation stage over the next three to four months, and may be hoping the city can’t get organized fast enough to throw up barriers.
A community organizing meeting has been scheduled for next Tuesday night at 7 at Goodwill Industries on Alcott, to start throwing up those barriers.