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Rep. Upton lends support to Allied site clean-up drive
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Congressman Fred Upton stopped in Kalamazoo Wednesday night to lend his support to an effort to remove PCB's from the former Allied Paper Site in Kalamazoo.
Rep. Upton was at Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo for the Clean Up, Not Cover Up initiative.
Upton has backed efforts to clean up the site since the grassroots organization started back in March.
Right now, the former Allied Paper Mill site is piled up with PCB's on top of the city's aquifer.
The EPA's original plan is to leave the contaminated soil where it is, and put a cap on it.
"What this is going to take now is really some oversight by DC--by Washington--to say this can't stand, this is a really bad decision," Rep. Upton said. "Let's figure this out, let's work with the community, maybe stretch out the number of years that it takes to get it out of here, but the bottom line is, it's gotta go."
Kalamazoo City Leaders and many residents want the EPA to remove the contaminated soil completely.
Mayor Bobby Hopewell has met with the EPA, and says they have had productive talks on the issue, but so far, the EPA has not revised its plan.