Comment sought on Allied paper Superfund site cleanup plan

Sep 23, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency
Credit Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment after officially releasing its proposal to clean up Kalamazoo's Allied Paper Superfund site.

The EPA’s proposal is similar to a compromise plan developed with Kalamazoo city officials that was presented earlier this year. A 60-day comment period starts Sept. 30. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Washington Writers' Academy in Kalamazoo.

The $63 million plan calls for consolidating contaminated soil to about 27 acres. The land would be covered by an impermeable cap and would potentially be available for light recreational reuse. Long-term groundwater monitoring also is proposed.

Some community members wanted to completely remove soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. An earlier plan was estimated to cost $189 million.