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Kalamazoo River cleanup plan prompts concerns - Jul 2nd, 2013 - State

— A dredging plan to help clean up the Kalamazoo River after a 2010 southwestern Michigan oil spill is prompting concerns from area residents and the owner of Bell's Brewery.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Comstock Township Board of Trustees heard from representatives from pipeline company Enbridge Inc. and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Monday about the dredging project.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered dredging in March and crews arrived at Morrow Lake last month to begin laying the pipeline. Enbridge says the pipeline will carry submerged oil, contaminated sediment and water during dredging.

More than 800,000 gallons spewed into the river and a tributary creek in July 2010 after the rupture of an underground pipeline near Marshall.

The pipeline runs from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind.

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