EPA begins cleaning up pollution near Parchment landfill
PARCHMENT, MI – The United States Environmental Protection Agency began cleaning up pollution in Parchment this week.
The EPA will remove PCB-contaminated sediment from the Crown Vantage Side Channel, a backwater between the Kalamazoo River and the Crown Vantage landfill, the site of a former paper mill, according to an EPA press release.
The landfill is also blamed for the PFAS contamination that triggered a water emergency in Parchemin in 2018. The inhabitants of Parchment now obtain water from the town of Kalamazoo.
Clean-up is expected to be completed in December, but additional restoration may be needed in the spring, according to the release.
“The potentially responsible parties, Georgia Pacific LLC and International Paper Co., will conduct the cleanup under the supervision of the EPA,” the statement said.
The process involves improving access roads near the landfill, staging areas for equipping and drying the sediment before transporting it off site for disposal, the statement said. The work is part of the larger cleanup of a section of the Kalamazoo River known as Zone 1.
The teams will work from dawn to dusk Monday through Saturday, generating more traffic than usual in the area. Trucks will use the Avenue G.
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