Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org en Report: The 2010 Enbridge oil spill has not left any long-term human health effects http://michiganradio.org/post/report-2010-enbridge-oil-spill-has-not-left-any-long-term-human-health-effects <p>Nearly four years after a massive oil spill, state officials say it’s OK to get back in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>An Enbridge oil pipeline broke near Marshall in July of 2010, spewing about a million gallons of crude oil, and fouling roughly 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>Since then the state Department of Community Health has been studying the potential long-term human health effects of the oil spill.</p><p></p><p>The department issued its final report this week.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17874 at http://michiganradio.org Report: The 2010 Enbridge oil spill has not left any long-term human health effects Sections of the Kalamazoo River closed to finish oil cleanup http://michiganradio.org/post/sections-kalamazoo-river-closed-finish-oil-cleanup <p></p><p>It’s been nearly four years since the Enbridge Energy oil spill. Enbridge has already recovered more than a million gallons of heavy tar sands oil from the Kalamazoo River. But federal regulators have ordered the company to clean up another 180,000 gallons that’s mixed in with sediment on the river bottom.</p><p>Now that spring is here, work is underway again.</p><p>Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith says dredge work is nearly finished on a section of river near Battle Creek. Workers will remove Ceresco Dam closer to Marshall this summer.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17345 at http://michiganradio.org Sections of the Kalamazoo River closed to finish oil cleanup Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall http://michiganradio.org/post/now-local-approval-enbridge-hopes-finish-dredging-kalamazoo-river-fall <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;"> Energy can move forward with plans to dredge thousands of truck loads worth of contaminated sediment from the Kalamazoo River - 135,000 cubic yards to be exact.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">The cleanup is related to the pipeline company’s 2010 oil spill.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span data-term="goog_1444053644" tabindex="0">On Monday</span>&nbsp;night, Comstock Township’s planning commission unanimously approved the company’s plans to dredge. The heavy crude oil has broken down and mixed with the river sediment.</p><p>Enbridge was supposed to finish dredging contaminated river sediment a couple of months ago, but it failed to meet the deadline in part because the first set of plans it had in Comstock Township were rejected last summer.</p><p>The township said the operation was too close to homes and businesses, among other reasons.</p><p>About a dozen residents came to the meeting to raise specific concerns about pollution, smells and noise.</p><p>But in the end, the concerns were not enough to prevent the temporary operation in a district zoned for heavy manufacturing.</p><p>“I do think that this is the best site of all of the ones that we looked at with a minimum amount of impact,” Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis said. “And what’s most important is that the river is going to get clean.”</p><p>“All of the work will be done under the oversight of the federal and state regulators, and any comments or questions or concerns, we’ll do our best to address those as well,"&nbsp;Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Little said after the vote.</p><p>Getting rid of the oiled sediment is key to meeting standards under the federal Clean Water Act.</p><p>Enbridge hopes to start work in a month and wrap it up by fall.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:55:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16487 at http://michiganradio.org Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall 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 Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-miss-deadline-finish-cleaning-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>An oil pipeline company will miss the EPA’s year-end deadline to complete its cleanup of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p>More than 800 thousand gallons of crude leaked from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. The spill fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>In March, federal regulators gave Enbridge until December 31st to finish removing the remaining submerged oil in the river.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15155 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill 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 Michigan dams getting old, need attention http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-dams-getting-old-need-attention <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A newspaper reports that many Michigan dams are old and need upgrades, especially the Hamilton dam in downtown Flint.<br /><br />State dam safety chief Byron Lane tells the Detroit Free Press that dams are like any aging public infrastructure. He says they can be a &quot;ticking time bomb.&quot;<br /><br />The newspaper reported Sunday that the Hamilton dam on the Flint River is considered to be in unsatisfactory shape, along with the Otsego and Trowbridge dams on the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County.<br /> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:10:23 +0000 The Associated Press 14634 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan dams getting old, need attention Three years after the Enbridge oil spill, cleanup continues http://michiganradio.org/post/three-years-after-enbridge-oil-spill-cleanup-continues <p>This week marks three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. More than one million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The cleanup has already cost Enbridge almost a billion dollars and they still have lots of work ahead of them.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following the story, and she joined us today from Muskegon.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:45:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 13672 at http://michiganradio.org Three years after the Enbridge oil spill, cleanup continues Michigan State University to study dioxins and human health http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-study-dioxins-and-human-health <p>Michigan State University is getting&nbsp; $14 million to study how dioxins affect human health.</p><p></p><p>MSU researchers will look for ways to remove dioxins from the environment and reach out to communities burdened with the toxic pollutants.</p><p></p><p>Dioxin contamination has been a problem in parts of Michigan, including along the Tittabawassee and Kalamazoo Rivers.</p><p></p><p>Norbert Kaminski is heading up the multi-disciplinary study. He notes that dioxins have been linked to illnesses like cancer.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:57:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 13430 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University to study dioxins and human health Prehistoric fish species with 'personalities' get help from humans to survive http://michiganradio.org/post/prehistoric-fish-species-personalities-get-help-humans-survive <p>It’s near the end of spawning season for Michigan’s oldest and biggest fish species, the lake sturgeon. Overfishing and hydraulic dams built to power industry have wiped out many lake sturgeon populations in the Great Lakes.</p><p>A group of people and government agencies are trying to increase the odds the kind of sturgeon specific to the Kalamazoo River will survive.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkGqr5OMDGk</p><p>Sturgeon have been around since the age of dinosaurs. So they’re a lot different from other fish in the Great Lakes. They don’t have a normal skeleton. Instead, they’ve got these bony plates on the outside of their bodies, called scutes. They have no fish scales.</p><p>“They’re kind of rubbery on the outside and they are extremely docile, unlike the fish with the flopping and all that,” said Ron Clark. He’s with the <a href="http://kazoosturgeon.org/">Kalamazoo River Sturgeon Restoration Project </a>out of New Richmond.</p><p>“They let you move them; they let you hold them,” Clark said. Thu, 30 May 2013 12:37:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12800 at http://michiganradio.org Prehistoric fish species with 'personalities' get help from humans to survive 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 In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-85 <p><strong>Some data shows motorcycle helmet repeal has not increased deaths</strong></p><p>"The group that led the charge to repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet requirement says the state has not suffered a rash of biker deaths in the past six months. That’s how long it’s been since the law was changed. American Bikers Aiming Toward Education points to state data between January and the end of August. But state officials say that’s not the whole story. They say early data also show a 14-percent jump in disabling injuries. The state Office of Highway Safety Planning says the data are preliminary and it’s too early to reach real conclusions on the effects of the changes in the law," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/motorcyclists-rights-group-defends-repeal-michigan-helmet-law">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Detroit Tiger first player to win Triple Crown in 45 years</strong></p><p>"Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball's Triple Crown last night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. He's the 10th Triple Crown winner in baseball history. In Major League Baseball, a player earns the Triple Crown when he leads a league in three categories---&nbsp; batting average, home runs, and runs batted in," the AP <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-tigers-miguel-cabrera-wins-mlbs-first-triple-crown-45-years">reports. </a></p><p><strong>EPA tells Enbridge more clean up is needed on Kalamazoo River</strong></p><p>"Enbridge Energy has more clean-up work to do along the Kalamazoo River. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the oil company to tackle some new areas of pollution in the river. Enbridge has already done a lot of clean up work after one of&nbsp; their pipelines ruptured and spilled massive amounts of oil into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall in July, 2010.&nbsp; But the EPA says oil is coming to the surface is some new areas," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:44:45 +0000 Emily Fox 9356 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . EPA tells Enbridge more clean up is needed on the Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-tells-enbridge-more-clean-needed-kalamazoo-river <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/">told</a> Canadian energy company Enbridge today that more work is needed to clean up the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>The cleanup is part of an ongoing effort to remove oil from the river after a pipeline ruptured in 2010, resulting in <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/enbridge">the largest inland, freshwater oil spill in U.S. history</a>.</p><p>Federal regulators specified that further action is needed upstream of Ceresco Dam, upstream of the Battle Creek Dam, and in the delta upstream of Morrow Lake.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:58:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9349 at http://michiganradio.org EPA tells Enbridge more clean up is needed on the Kalamazoo River Feds want more answers from Enbridge on Wisconsin oil pipeline spill http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-want-more-answers-enbridge-wisconsin-oil-pipeline-spill <p>Enbridge Energy is facing new questions from federal regulators.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Those questions come after another<a href="http://news.wpr.org/term/grand-marsh"> one of the company&rsquo;s pipelines in Wisconsin sprung a leak. </a> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:38:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 8495 at http://michiganradio.org Feds want more answers from Enbridge on Wisconsin oil pipeline spill Enbridge and the Kalamazoo River: Two years after the spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-and-kalamazoo-river-two-years-after-spill <p>It&#39;s been two years since a busted pipeline<a href="http://environmentreport.org/search.php?query=kalamazoo+river+oil+spill"> spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil</a> into the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clark</a> sat down with reporter <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/steve-carmody">Steve Carmody</a> who has covered the spill since July 2010 and spoke about the efforts to clean up with river and how its faring two years on.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:00:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8402 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge and the Kalamazoo River: Two years after the spill Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-criticized-past-problems-leaking-pipelines <p>This Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/News-by-Topic/Global-Warming/2012/07-23-12-New-Report-Details-Enbridges-Costly-Failures.aspx">national environmental group</a> is releasing a report today attacking the company whose pipeline broke. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:52:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 8401 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge criticized for past problems with leaking pipelines State says it’s okay to eat fish from stretch of Kalamazoo River affected by oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/state-says-it-s-okay-eat-fish-stretch-kalamazoo-river-affected-oil-spill <p>It&rsquo;s another sign things are starting to get back to normal&hellip; two years after the spill. Earlier this month the state opened up the river to swimmers and boaters for the first time since the spill.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says it&rsquo;s now safe to eat fish from a thirty-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River affected by a massive oil spill.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:06:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8082 at http://michiganradio.org State says it’s okay to eat fish from stretch of Kalamazoo River affected by oil spill 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