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Enbridge held to December 31 deadline to clean up Kalamazoo River


KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI (WTVB) - The Environmental Protection Agency has denied a request from Enbridge to extend their deadline for dredging in sediment traps along the Kalamazoo River. That gives the oil pipeline firm just one month to complete work on the river delta, maybe less if Morrow Pond begins to freeze over.  It's some of the last oil remaining from the great spill three years ago.

Last spring, the pipeline firm was ordered to dredge key spots along the river, behind dams and in areas where submerged oil had accumulated, but were delayed in attempts to locate a place to process that sludge near the largest concentration, in the river delta at Morrow Pond. 

In a terse statement issued late yesterday, the EPA denies Enbridge’s request to extend the clean-up on the delta into next year.  It says Enbridge has cleaned up two of three major sites. They want them finished at the third site by December 31st.

Enbridge just secured a working platform to remove sludge from the area at the County’s River Oaks Park two weeks ago.  Now the race is on to beat the ice, beat the deadline and avoid a possible fine.