PCB http://michiganradio.org en EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-says-decision-about-kalamazoo-s-mount-pcb-will-come-summer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to select a cleanup plan by this summer for an old landfill site in Kalamazoo that's full of toxic material.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/Region5/cleanup/alliedpaper/">The Allied site </a>served as a dumping ground for the paper mill industry for decades. There are 1.5 million cubic yards of material at the site laced with polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs. Some neighbors have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">dubbed it Mount PCB.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:11:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16523 at http://michiganradio.org EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-say-pcb-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-gaining-momentum <p>People in Kalamazoo won’t have to wait much longer for a federal decision about what to do with an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">old landfill site that's full of toxic material.</a></p><p>The Allied site is where a paper mill dumped waste for decades. The pile is laced with p<span class="st">olychlorinated biphenyls (</span>PCBs). They can <a href="http://www.epa.gov/solidwaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/effects.htm">cause cancer and other health effects</a>, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:46:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15549 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule http://michiganradio.org/post/pcb-cleanup-portage-creek-kalamazoo-finishing-under-budget-ahead-schedule <p>For decades, paper mills dumped waste into the Kalamazoo River. Some of it had polychlorinated biphenyls; or PCBs. People can be exposed to PCBs by eating fish from the Kalamazoo River. PCBs can cause cancer, and other health problems.</p><p>Workers are <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-delays-decision-mount-pcb-cleanup-continues-another-site">wrapping up a project </a>to remove toxic chemicals from Portage Creek near downtown Kalamazoo.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:55:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14791 at http://michiganradio.org PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule Study finds PCBs can change the songs birds sing http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-pcbs-can-change-songs-birds-sing <p>Chemicals called <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/index.htm">PCBs </a>- or polychlorinated biphenyls - are toxic to people and wildlife. The Environmental Protection Agency says they can cause cancer and other adverse health effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems. PCBs were banned in the 1970s, but they’re still in the environment.</p><p>Researchers at Cornell University have previously found that PCBs can change the song centers in the brains of songbirds.</p><p>Now – a new <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0073471">study </a>suggests that PCBs could be altering the songs some birds sing.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:16:34 +0000 Rebecca Williams 14556 at http://michiganradio.org Study finds PCBs can change the songs birds sing EPA delays decision on 'Mount PCB,' cleanup continues at another site http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-delays-decision-mount-pcb-cleanup-continues-another-site <p>For decades, paper mills dumped waste into the Kalamazoo River. The waste contains <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/index.htm">polychlorinated biphenyls</a>, or PCBs. &nbsp;</p><p>People can be exposed to PCBs by eating fish from the river. The chemicals can cause cancer, and other health effects.</p><p>The biggest concentration of the waste is a<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb"> 1.5-million-cubic-yard pile in a residential area in Kalamazoo, nicknamed Mount PCB</a>.</p><p>Now, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will release a feasibility study of the options for the pile by September. For a little perspective, this study was supposed to come out <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/epa-discusses-options-clean-toxic-chemicals-kalamazoo-river">as far back as April 2011.</a></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13547 at http://michiganradio.org EPA delays decision on 'Mount PCB,' cleanup continues at another site Kalamazoo rallies to pressure EPA to remove hazardous paper mill waste http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-rallies-pressure-epa-remove-hazardous-paper-mill-waste <p>More than a hundred people, a dozen strollers and a few dogs lined up and marched about halfway around the Allied landfill site in Kalamazoo Wednesday night chanting – “What do we want? Cleanup! When do we want it? Now!”</p><p>It isn’t a typical landfill. It’s where a paper mill dumped decades-worth of waste that’s laced with cancer-causing chemicals.</p><p>Everyone here wants the pile gone.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They don’t care if it’s the most expensive option and the company that owned the site went bankrupt.</span></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:33:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12597 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo rallies to pressure EPA to remove hazardous paper mill waste Kalamazoo residents struggle with EPA over "Mount PCB" http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb <p>People in Kalamazoo are rallying to get rid of a major dump site that contains cancer causing waste.</p><p>Imagine decades’ worth of wood pulp and grey clay waste from the paper mill industry. There are 1.5 million cubic yards of it and it’s laced with <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/index.htm">polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs</a>.</p><p>Now, plop it in the middle of a neighborhood.</p><p>Sarah Hill lives a little more than a mile away from what neighbors have dubbed "Mount PCB."</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 12:11:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12545 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo residents struggle with EPA over "Mount PCB" Kalamazoo leaders unhappy with EPA plan to clean toxic chemicals from old paper mills http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-leaders-unhappy-epa-plan-clean-toxic-chemicals-old-paper-mills <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region05/cleanup/kalproject/index.htm">clean up toxic chemicals along an 80 mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River</a>. But Kalamazoo city leaders aren’t happy with the federal agency's proposed&nbsp;plan.</p><p>The effort is focused on cleaning up toxic chemicals, known as <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/pcb">PCBs</a>, left behind from several paper mills.</p><p>The EPA wants to consolidate the material and cap it so water cannot get in.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:40:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11956 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo leaders unhappy with EPA plan to clean toxic chemicals from old paper mills High concentration of PCBs found in River Raisin http://michiganradio.org/post/high-concentration-pcbs-found-river-raisin <p>High levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been uncovered during a cleanup in the River Raisin, reports Charles Slat of the <a href="http://www.monroenews.com/news/2012/oct/02/river-clean-uncovers-more-toxins/">Monroe News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Readings upwards of 10,000 parts per billion — some of the highest levels initially found during a 2007 partial clean-up at the site — also have been found during the recent dredging.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:14:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9331 at http://michiganradio.org High concentration of PCBs found in River Raisin PCB cleanup continues along Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/pcb-cleanup-continues-along-kalamazoo-river <p>KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Cleanup of sediments contaminated with PCBs continues along parts of the Kalamazoo River. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:50:36 +0000 The Associated Press 8003 at http://michiganradio.org PCB cleanup continues along Kalamazoo River Officials expand testing of cancer-causing chemical in Lake St. Clair http://michiganradio.org/post/officials-expand-testing-cancer-causing-chemical-lake-st-clair <p>State health and environmental officials are expanding the scope of their testing for PCB in fish in Lake St. Clair.</p><p>PCB is a toxic compound that was used in electrical and industrial equipment. The chemical was banned in the 70s for its toxicity. &nbsp;</p><p>Joe Bohr is with the Department for Environmental Quality. He says while the PCB found in the fish is 10 times what is considered safe, the amount of PCB in Michigan&rsquo;s waters is decreasing. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:00:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2915 at http://michiganradio.org Officials expand testing of cancer-causing chemical in Lake St. Clair