u.s. environmental protection agency

An EPA employee holds one of the types of booms used to clean up the Kalamazoo River oil spill in 2010. Patrick Miles of the U.S. Attorney's Office (middle) and acting EPA regional administrator Robert Kaplan (right) made the announcement about the Enbrid

The nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told Senators on Wednesday that he doesn’t believe that climate change is a hoax. But members of Western Michigan University’s Climate Change Action Group say that doesn’t address their fears about Scott Pruitt running the EPA. 

EPA Order Gives Hope For PCB Removal Behind Old Dams

May 9, 2016
Mark Mills with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources closes the gate to the temporary water control structure upstream of the Otsego Township Dam. The structure is there to help take pressure off of the dam while the cleanup takes place.
Rebecca Thiele

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has wanted to tear down dams along the Kalamazoo River since the ‘80s - to create better habitats for fish and other wildlife. But leftover PCB contamination behind the dams has kept that from happening. Now, due to an Environmental Protection Agency order, the Otsego Township Dam can finally be removed. That gives other dam owners hope that they can get rid of their crumbling dams too.

EPA Fast-Tracks Cleanup Behind Otsego Township Dam

Apr 19, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the responsible parties for cleanup on Kalamazoo River to remove PCBs upstream of the Otsego Township Dam. The old dam is in danger of falling apart - which would send toxic PCBs down river. 


The US Supreme Court has struck down an EPA rule that was challenged by the state of Michigan. 

EPA Proposes PCB Cleanup Plan For Kalamazoo River

May 19, 2015
The proposed plan is for Area 1 on the map
Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean PCBs out of a 3-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River. It would remove contaminated soil and sediment from Morrow Dam near Comstock to the city of Plainwell. The EPA would also take more PCBs out of Portage Creek.