NCR Corp. will fund dredging of contaminated sediments after polluting the river with poisonous chemical compounds
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — A know-how firm implicated in polluting sections of the kalamazoo River watershed will now be paying $245 million after reaching a cope with federal and state regulators.
On Wednesday, December 11th it was introduced that NCR company agreed in federal courtroom to fund clean-up efforts for an 80-mile stretch of the river after reaching an settlement with the U.S. Division of Justice, State authorities, and Environmental Safety Company.
The decontamination efforts will contain dredging poisonous sediments from the riverbed and eradicating the growing old Trowbridge dam in Allegan County.
The river is polluted with a hazardous compound often known as polychlorinated biphenyls, also called PCB’s, which originate from paper recycling mills. The chemical was leaked into the river from the 1950’s into the 1970’s when environmental companies started banning the observe and elevated oversight.
Since 1998 EPA officers say about 450,000 cubic yards of sediment linked to contamination has been launched from the watershed. The eliminated sediment has been buried in landfills insulated to forestall additional leakage into groundwater.
The settlement additionally covers efforts to stabilize a tributary of the river referred to as Portage Creek which has suffered from it is proximity to mill property and accommodates poisonous discharge close to it is riverbanks and floodplains.
$135.7 million might be spent by the corporate for clean-up work predicted to take as much as 15 years, And the corporate will moreover pay greater than $110 million to compensate federal companies and the state authorities for previous cleanup, continuous oversight, and future prices.
The Kalamazoo River has not too long ago been designated a precedence Superfund web site by the federal authorities.