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Officials: Cleanup Work Completed At Portage Creek

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Officials say cleanup work has been completed at Portage Creek in southwestern Michigan as part of a broader Superfund project.

MLive.com reports representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other officials plan to meet with the public at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo to make formal presentations about the PCB cleanup.

The work began in the fall of 2011 as part of the 80-mile Kalamazoo River Superfund cleanup.

Paul Ruesch, on-scene coordinator, says the EPA removed almost 19,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated soil and sediment from the 1.8-mile stretch of Portage Creek. PCBs were in sediments and shorelines.

The Kalamazoo River was tainted for decades with industrial waste from paper mills and other manufacturing plants.

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