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EPA orders Enbridge to dredge parts of the Kalamazoo River for submerged oil

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The Environmental Protection Agency says more dredging is needed to remove submerged oil in parts of the Kalamazoo River.   The oil is from a massive spill in 2010. 

It’s been two and half years since a pipeline ruptured near Marshall, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil that eventually fouled about forty miles of the Kalamazoo River.

The EPA says more than a million gallons of oil have been recovered since the cleanup began.  But the agency says there’s still more oil submerged in the river. 

The EPA this week ordered Enbridge to do more dredging in parts of the river with large deposits of submerged oil.   Enbridge has five days to appeal the order.   An Enbridge spokesman says the company is reviewing the order.   

The Canadian pipeline company has spent $820 million cleaning up the spill.   It also paid a nearly four million dollar federal fine.

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