4/17/07 UPDATE: City of Kalamazoo citizens, elected officials, staff, and neighborhood representatives continue to fight the proposed disposal of 132,000 cubic yards of PCB contaminated sediments at the Allied Paper Disposal site between Alcott and Cork Streets.
Citizen involvement, including extensive letter writing to state and federal officials, has caused the U.S. EPA to implement a three-week moratorium on all activities at the Plainwell Impoundment and the Allied Paper Disposal site. MDEQ and U.S. EPA are scheduled to meet with City of Kalamazoo elected officials and staff on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Your continued involvement is needed to make this moratorium permanent.
Concerned citizens are urged to continue to contact their elected representatives and encourage them to continue to question this unreasonable solution to a long-term problem. For more details on the specific aspects of this project visit the EPAs Kalamazoo River Cleanup website.
Also, you can view the letters that Mayor Hannah McKinney has recently sent to US Senator Carl Levin (.pdf) and Richard Karl (.pdf), Director of the US EPA Region 5 Superfund Division.
Below is a list of representatives that you can contact on this topic:
Grand Rapids Address: Federal Building, Room 720 110 Michigan St., NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 456-2531 phone (616) 456-5147 fax
Committees: Armed Services (C) Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Intelligence Small Business and Entrepreneurship Great Lakes Task Force (CC) Smart Growth Task Force (CC) Senate Auto Caucus Senate Auto Parts Task Force (CC)
United Sates House of Representatives
Representative Fred S. Upton (R) (term ends 12/31/2008) District 6 2161 Rayburn House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515 (202) 225-3761 phone (202) 225-4986 fax (269) 385-0039 local office, 157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 180 '07 (269) 385-2888 local fax Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.house.gov/upton
Committees: Appropriations Health Policy (C) Michigan Capitol Committee (C) Economic Development (C) Higher Education (VC) Community Health (C) History Arts & Libraries (C)
State of Michigan House of Representatives
Representative Jack Hoogendyk (R) (term ends 12/31/2008) District 61, Michigan House of Representatives NO995 House Office Building PO Box 30014 Lansing MI 48909-7514 (517) 373-1774 phone (517) 373-8872 fax Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committees: Families and Childrens Services Government Operations Education
Representative Robert B Jones (D) (term ends 12/31/2008) District 60, Michigan House of Representatives NO994 House Office Building PO Box 30014 Lansing MI 48909-7514 (517) 373-1785 phone or toll-free 888-833-6636 (517) 373-5762 fax (269) 382-4676 local office, 323 N. Burdick '07 (269) 382-0603 fax Email: email@example.com
Representative Lorence Wenke (R) (term ends 12/31/2008) District 63, Michigan House of Representatives NO997 House Office Building PO Box 30014 Lansing MI 48909-7514 (517) 373-1787 phone (517) 373-9119 fax Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committees: Ethics and Elections Labor
United States Environmental Protection Agency - Headquarters
Jim Woolford Director Office of Superfund Remediation & Technology Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Mail Code: 5201P Washington, DC 20460 (703) 603-8960 Email: email@example.com
Stephen Johnson EPA Administrator Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Mail Code: 1101A Washington, DC 20460 (202) 564-4700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
Mary Gade Regional Administrator 77 West Jackson Boulevard Mail Code R-19J Chicago, IL 60604-3507 (312) 886-3000 Email: email@example.com
Richard Karl Region 5 Director Superfund Division 77 West Jackson Boulevard Mail Code S-6J Chicago, IL 60604-3507 (312) 353-9773 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Stephen Chester MDEQ Director P.O. Box 30473 Lansing, MI 48909-7973 (517) 373-7917 Email: email@example.com
Andrew Hogarth Chief MDEQ Remediation & Development Division P.O. Box 30426 Lansing, MI 48909-7926 (517) 335-1104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org