People walking near part of the Flint River will see, and likely smell, a major dredging project this summer.
About a quarter mile segment of the Flint River will be dredged to remove tons of soil contaminated with coal tar from a gas plant that closed a century ago. The plant operated from the mid-1800’s to the late 1920’s. Consumers Energy bought the old coal plant back in the 1920’s.
Jim Innes with the MDEQ is the project manager. He says coal tar does present a potential health issue for people.