Posted on September 14, 2015
More than $2.1 million will help continue the cleanup of contaminated sediment from industrial waste in the Manistique River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The recently announced funding for the state Department of Environmental Quality is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A statement from Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters says the money will help the state develop and implement measures to remediate contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs, in the Manistique River watershed.
Contamination from PCBs, oils and combined sewer overflows have affected the river. Debris and sawdust from more than a century of logging and milling also have degraded the watershed, which has seen restrictions on dredging and fish and wildlife consumption.