Allied Paper Landfill

The EPA's current plan for Allied Paper Landfill
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We don’t yet know if Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper Landfill can be cleaned up using microorganisms. The company that wants to do that, BioPath Solutions, is still testing its product. But if BioPath gets the go-ahead from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it might remove the waste. Many residents have said that’s what they want. But they would also have to deal with some noise and some unpleasant smells.


File photo: Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney and Kalamazoo residents march to protest capping the Allied Paper Landfill, May 2013.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the final cleanup plan for the Allied Paper Landfill site soon. But the City of Kalamazoo is still weighing its options. The city has been in talks with BioPath Solutions - a company that breaks down PCB waste with microbes. BioPath says the treatment would cost at least $15 million less than the EPA’s proposed plan. But the question remains - will it work?


"KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday directed Mayor Bobby Hopewell, city staff and a consultant to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a private company to see if there is another possible solution for dealing with the Allied Paper landfill." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

The EPA's current plan for Allied Paper Landfill
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The public has little more than a week to comment on a plan for the Allied Paper Landfill site. The Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Kalamazoo collaborated to come up with the design. It would cap the toxic PCB waste, but leave more room for redevelopment. But Thursday night, one company suggested the city take a different approach. 

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So far, residents say they’re not sold on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan for the Allied Paper Landfill. Last night, the EPA held the first of two round table discussions on the proposal.

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