EPA Holds Public Meeting on Kalamazoo River Cleanup Activities (USA)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 27, at the Plainwell Comfort Inn and Conference Center, 622 Allegan St., Kalamazoo, Michigan, to update the community on cleanup activities planned for the summer at the Allied Paper, Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River Superfund site.

EPA’s presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers. EPA representatives will update the public on work at 12th Street Landfill, the Willow Boulevard/A-Site Landfill, the Allied Paper Landfill, the Plainwell #2 Dam project, and cleanup of sections of the Kalamazoo River and Portage Creek.

The complete Kalamazoo River Superfund area stretches 80 miles from Saugatuck on Lake Michigan to the Morrow Dam and encompasses five disposal areas and a number of paper mill properties. Cleanup primarily focuses on removing and containing PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, a group of toxic chemicals that were widely used in carbonless copy paper and as coolants, insulators and lubricants. PCBs concentrate in the food chain resulting in health hazards to people, fish and wildlife. Congress banned the manufacture of PCBs in 1976, and PCBs still in use are strictly regulated.

Source: epa, April 26, 2011

 

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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