KALAMAZOO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Trustee Council, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) recently announced a $245 million proposed agreement to support cleanup efforts and future response actions at a significant portion of the Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund site. This particular site has been targeted by the EPA for immediate, intense action. In response to the announced proposal, state Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) issued the following statement:

“The Allied Paper Superfund site has been a plague on our Kalamazoo community for years, putting the health and well-being of our families at risk, while also preventing business growth and development around the contaminated property. I am incredibly thankful to see our federal, state and local partners come together to take the bold action necessary to begin reversing the ecological, environmental and economic destruction this polluted site has caused. I look forward to working with officials at all levels who are equally committed to protecting our residents, preserving our natural resources and preventing anything like this from happening again.”