Friday, December 10, 2010

EPA & Partners Finish Ottawa River Legacy Act Cleanup

Dec 9: U.S. EPA announced that the Great Lakes Legacy Act project to clean up a 5½-mile stretch of the Ottawa River and Sibley Creek is finished. The completion of this project marks further progress in the cleanup of the Maumee River Area of Concern (AOC), a key priority under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The Agency and officials will make the official announcement at an event scheduled for Monday, December 13, at 11:30 AM.
    The project involved the removal of some 250,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with heavy metals, PCBs and PAHs (polychlorinated biphenyls and polyaromatic hydrocarbons). About 10,000 cubic yards were removed from Sibley Creek and another 240,000 cubic yards was removed from the Ottawa River in Toledo, OH. The sediment from the river will be hydraulically dredged and transported through a pipeline to the nearby Hoffman Road Landfill. Some "hot spots," with excessive levels of PCBs, about 7,000 cubic yards of sediment, were dredged and taken to a specially licensed facility for disposal.
    Access an announcement from EPA (click here). Access the project website (click here). Access more information on the GLRI (click here).

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