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ALLIED PAPER, INC./PORTAGE CREEK/KALAMAZOO RIVER
KALAMAZOO, MI

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Announcements and Key Topics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal, state, and local partners have announced a proposed consent decree that would require NCR Corp. to clean up and fund future response actions at a significant portion of the Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site. EPA is working with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Trustee Council, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on the legal settlement. The consent decree also includes payments related to natural resource damages and past cleanup efforts at the site.

According to the settlement terms, NCR Corp. has agreed to spend $135.7 million cleaning up three areas of a section called Operable Unit 5. OU 5 includes 80 miles of the Kalamazoo River and three miles of Portage Creek. In addition, NCR will pay:

$76.5 million to EPA for past and future costs in support of river cleanup activities.

$27 million to Kalamazoo River natural resource trustees for natural resources damage assessment and claims.

$6 million to the state of Michigan for past and future costs.

The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period. Instructions for commenting and the consent decree.

Read EPA’s fact sheet for more details. See EPA’s press release.

 

 

 

Allied Paper Landfill (OU1)

An important agreement is now in place that has the City of Kalamazoo taking ownership of an adjacent property to the former Allied Paper Landfill. Working with the city, EPA will have better access to the site as work moves forward. To learn more, please look at the following documents:

Panelyte Property Administrative Settlement Agreement (PDF)(34 pp, 1.86MB, About PDF)

Response to Public Comments (PDF)  (4pp, 78.98KB, About PDF)

US EPA Letter Re: OU1 Panelyte Propoerty (PDF) (2pp, 359.53 K, About PDF)

Otsego Township Dam

The final report of activities conducted from 2016 – 2018 for the cleanup of the areas at and upstream from the former Otsego Township Dam is now available:

Wood Environment & Infastructure Solutions Inc - Final Report, Ostego Township Dam Area Time Critical Removal Action, Operable Unit 5, Area 3 (ZIP file) (1 pp, 588.23MB, About PDF)

Community Advisory Group

A community advisory group, or CAG, meets to discuss issues related to a Superfund site and its cleanup. The Kalamazoo River Community Advisory Group usually meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego. These meetings are open to the public. The Kalamazoo River CAG represents the area surrounding the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River EPA Superfund site. Superfund is the nation’s program to clean up inactive hazardous waste sites and is managed by the EPA. CAGs serve as a public forum for all interested parties to learn about site cleanup, present and discuss their needs and concerns, and develop community-based recommendations.

List of current members can be found here: Kalamazoo Superfund Site CAG - Member information (PDF)(4pp, 72K, About PDF)

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, December 5, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation Topics: Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) Update (EGLE) and Understanding Fish Tissue and Remedial Action Objectives (EPA)

Past Meetings:

Thursday, October 26, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the roles of the Natural Resource Trustees in cleanup and restoration. Understanding the Roles of the Natural Resource Trustee Council in Cleanup and Restoration (PDF) (27pp, 11.39, About PDF)

Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the Otsego Township Dam Removal. Otsego Township Dam Removal and PCB Time Critical Removal Action (PDF) (30 pp, 6.28MB, About PDF)

Thursday, August 8, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the background and status of all river area sites. Kalamazoo River Update Presentation(PDF)(79pp,15.48MB, About PDF)

Thursday, June 27, 6-9 PM at St. Joseph Parish Gym, 930 Lake St., Kalamazoo

Presentation on background and status of the Allied Landfill, Willow/A-site Landfill, and 12th Street Landfill. Presentation and slides of OU1 and OU2 Status (PDF) (36pp, 6.1MB, About PDF)

 

 

 

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Community Advisory Group

A community advisory group, or CAG, meets to discuss issues related to a Superfund site and its cleanup. The Kalamazoo River Community Advisory Group usually meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego. These meetings are open to the public. The Kalamazoo River CAG represents the area surrounding the Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River EPA Superfund site. Superfund is the nation’s program to clean up inactive hazardous waste sites and is managed by the EPA. CAGs serve as a public forum for all interested parties to learn about site cleanup, present and discuss their needs and concerns, and develop community-based recommendations.

List of current members can be found here: Kalamazoo Superfund Site CAG - Member information (PDF)(4pp, 72K, About PDF)

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, January 7, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation Topic: Proposed $245 Million Settlement for River Cleanup (EPA), EPA factsheet

Past Meetings:

Thursday, December 5, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

EPA factsheet (PDF) (6pp, 1.13MB, About PDF) available

 

Presentation about Fish Tissue and Remediation: Wood Powerpoint Presentation - Fish Tissue Collection, Analysis, and Recovery Along the Kalamazoo River (PDF) (25 pp, 5.74MB About PDF)

Thursday, October 26, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the roles of the Natural Resource Trustees in cleanup and restoration. Understanding the Roles of the Natural Resource Trustee Council in Cleanup and Restoration (PDF)(27 pp, 11.39MB, About PDF

Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the Otsego Township Dam Removal. Otsego Township Dam Removal and PCB Time Critical Removal Action (PDF) (30pp, 6.28MB, About PDF)

Thursday, August 8, 6-9 PM at Otsego Township Hall, 400 N. 16th St., Otsego

Presentation about the background and status of all river area sites. Kalamazoo River Update Presentation(PDF)(79pp, 15.48, About PDF)

Thursday, June 27, 6-9 PM at St. Joseph Parish Gym, 930 Lake St., Kalamazoo

Presentation on background and status of the Allied Landfill, Willow/A-site Landfill, and 12th Street Landfill. Presentation and slides of OU1 and OU2 Status (PDF)(36pp, 6.1MB, About PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Resources

Michigan Department of Community Health's fish advisoryExit EPA Disclaimer

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Web site on this projectExit EPA Disclaimer

Kalamazoo Project Environmental Glossary

Kalamazoo River Environment Natural Resource Damage Assessment - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

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