Meeting over Allied Paper waste site
Updated: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 09:06 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The EPA has announced its plan of attack for a toxic waste dump in Kalamazoo.
Many people in the area are angry with the decision and plan to gather Tuesday night to speak out against that plan.
Crews have spent more than ten years cleaning up the site of the former Allied Paper Mill.
But a lot of toxic chemicals remain in the soil, which many believe are contaminating the drinking water.
After weighing the options, the EPA has announced it will leave the PCB-contaminated soil and just cap the site.
Kalamazoo city officials and residents vow to fight the EPA’s decision.
They call the former paper mill site a "poison pile."
The President of the Kalamazoo River Clean-up Coalition believes the EPA is choosing the cheapest option and disregarding its main duty to protect public health.
Two years ago, the city commission adopted a resolution to "totally remove" the contaminated site, an option many hope will be reconsidered by the EPA.
A group of concerned citizens and city leaders are holding a community meeting Tuesday night to discuss their options. It’s at 7pm at Goodwill Industries on Alcott Street.