An ongoing campaign is underway to protect our clean drinking water in Kalamazoo. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a recommendation to cap and cover the PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) – contaminated waste at the Allied Paper site in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood, leaving 1.5 million cubic yards of toxic waste in perpetuity. This recommendation poses a serious threat to human health, as the City of Kalamazoo’s main aquifer for drinking water, which provides about 40% of the total supply, sits directly below the Allied Paper site. We are in a critical time frame, as the fate of the Allied site will soon be decided by the EPA. Public pressure will be paramount to convincing the EPA to act responsibly. The Clean up, Not Cover up taskforce (comprised of representatives from the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition, Michigan United, and many concerned residents, myself included) has been working hard to educate the community about this issue.
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