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Michigan county rejects Georgia-Pacific $150M river cleanup proposal based on EPA response

By Wed, Nov 21, 2012

ALLEGAN, MI , Nov. 21, 2012 (Local News) -The Allegan County Board of Commissioners has rejected Georgia-Pacific's request that the county support its proposed $150-million plan to clean up the Kalamazoo River.

The decision came, according to Commission Chairman D. Mark DeYoung, "based on the response from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)."

In August, Georgia-Pacific officials detailed a proposal for the company to spend up to $100 million to remove two Otsego-area dams on the Kalamazoo River in an effort to dig out polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dispose of them. Georgia-Pacific projected that the actual cost of that work would run $80 to $90 million, and indicated whatever money was left over could go to the EPA, which has another $50 million from a bankrupt company also identified as responsible for contaminating the river, to go toward remaining clean-up.

Michigan Live - Georgia Pacific cleanup proposal for Kalamazoo River rejected

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