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Environment & Climate Change

Federal regulators to brief Kalamazoo residents on Allied Site compromise plan

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Lindsey Smith
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Michigan Radio

People living in Kalamazoo can hear what federal regulators have to say about a plan to secure an old landfill full of toxic material.

The Allied Site once served as a dumping ground for the paper mill industry. There’s 1.5 million cubic yards of wood pulp laced with toxic chemicals at the site.

Many in Kalamazoo want the pile completely removed, but there’s not enough money. The paper company that caused the pollution went bankrupt.

The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t officially decided if it’ll go for the compromise yet. But officials have signaled they’re open to it. They’re hosting a public meeting tonight.

They’ll discuss the options for the site and give an update on a groundwater report.

Federal regulators will make the final decision, but it’s been delayed several times. It's expected to come out by the end of the year.

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