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Kalamazoo Commissioners get update on Allied dump cleanup


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The City of Kalamazoo appears to be having some influence on the Environmental Protection Agency as the two wrestle over the clean up the Allied Paper dumpsite.

Congressman Fred Upton and Senators Levin and Stabenow have been applying pressure on the agency to get a delay to explore other options.

We asked Bruce Merchant, who is consulting with the city, if the EPA may just be waiting until after the fall election, when the political pressure may be off.

He says that may be true but for now the pressure is on and its working.

Now that they have the extra time, they hope to sink water wells at the site to test for grioundwater contaminants for the first time in a decade,  this summer.   They also hope to create more ideas and proposals for redeveloping the property on Alcott.  

Merchant updated City Commissioners and laid out a time line for the next six-months at a work session last night.

Fred Upton is planning a site visit late this month, and the city is inviting the senators, the DEQ and others to join him, and keep up the pressure on the EPA.