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Comment sought on Allied paper Superfund site cleanup plan

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  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.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.