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Parts of Kalamazoo River could reopen this summer

Apr 16th, 2012 - State News

ARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — Sections of the Kalamazoo River that have been closed since a 2010 pipeline rupture that spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil in southern Michigan could reopen this summer.

Ralph Dollhopf, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, says he expects some areas back open for recreational use. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/IXvkIY) that decision will be made by local health officials in consultation with EPA and state officials.

A public meeting about the cleanup is 6 p.m. Tuesday in Marshall.

Cleanup continues following the July 2010 spill from Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Inc.'s pipeline. The rupture was to a 30-inch pipeline carrying oil from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. The oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek near Marshall, about 60 east of Grand Rapids.

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