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Environment & Climate Change
Velsicol Chemical on the banks of the Pine River in St. Louis, Michigan. The chemical plant closed in 1978. The plant was later buried - on site - buildings, contamination and all - after an agreement with the EPA and the State of Michigan.A lot of people remember the PBB tragedy in Michigan. That's when Velsicol Chemical (formerly Michigan Chemical) and the Michigan Farm Bureau accidentally contaminated the state’s food supply in the 1970s. The legacy of the now defunct company's practices are still with us today.The company made more than just PBB, and it left these toxic chemicals behind in St. Louis, Michigan. It's up to us, the taxpayers, to try to clean up what the company left behind.Scroll below to see all our reports in special series.One Company’s Toxic Legacy

TIMELINE: Velsicol Chemical leaves large toxic footprint in the "Middle of the Mitten"

The site of the former Velsicol Chemical Corporation in St. Louis is going to take a long time to clean up.
Mark Brush
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Michigan Radio
The site of the former Velsicol Chemical Corporation in St. Louis is going to take a long time to clean up.

The city of St. Louis, Michigan would much rather be talked about as the geographic center of the Lower Peninsula.

Instead, there's a lot of focus on the legacy of pollution here.

The story of Velsicol Chemical in St. Louis, Michigan is quite complicated. 

And it grows more so as plans continue to develop for finding and cleaning up the contamination left behind in this small town.

We've been working to bring you up to speed on the history of Velsicol Chemical in St. Louis, Michigan all this week. It's one of the most polluted places in Michigan. The company was sloppy, and mistakes were made when it first tried to contain its pollution on its old plant site.

Since then, the community has been working hard to push the government to give the city and the people in St. Louis a thorough cleanup. They hope that future generations won't have to deal with this toxic legacy.

See the timeline below, or go here for an expanded view.

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