The Allied Landfill site is located on the City’s south side in the midst of three neighborhoods: Edison, Milwood and Westnedge Hill. The landfill, created by Allied Paper Mill and its successors, contains approximately 1.5 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated materials and has been the subject of considerable attention over the last several years based on state and federal efforts regarding cleaning up the Site. The Allied Paper Property/Bryant Mill Pond Area in Kalamazoo is one of six cleanup projects in the larger Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site.
In 2014, The City of Kalamazoo, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) re-energized talks to resolve Kalamazoo’s Allied Superfund Site redevelopment challenge. A Record of Decision was issued by the EPA selecting and option referred to as Alternative 2D for the cleanup. City officials credit the activism of local residents and environmental stakeholders with keeping the EPA at the negotiating table, garnering a compromise that assures more groundwater monitoring and better land use while recognizing the financial realities.
U.S. E.P.A. Selects Consolidation and Capping Remedy for Allied Paper SiteThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected a remedy for the 89-acre Allied Paper Landfill site located in the City of Kalamazoo. The remedy outlined in the formal Record of Decision, referred to as Alternative 2D, calls for the consolidation of contaminated material, the installation of an impermeable cap, ongoing monitoring to verify the remedy’s effectiveness, and new commercial development and recreational opportunities at the site. Contaminated soils, sediments, and residuals from the site would be excavated and consolidated into the main body of the landfill area. The existing landfill area abutting Portage Creek would also be excavated and consolidated,… Read More