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Two Michigan Lakes to be Removed from EPA Contamination List

October 31, 2014

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Federal officials are removing two locations in Michigan from a list of contaminated sites in the Great Lakes region. The Environmental Protection Agency announced that cleanup efforts have been successful at Deer Lake in the Upper Peninsula, and White Lake in Muskegon County on the west-side of the state. Both lakes were designated as “areas of concern” in the late 1980s. These two sites were part of a list of more than 40 highly contaminated areas in the region. The cleanup effort was part of an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that pledged to rehabilitate toxic locations in the Great Lakes watershed. However, efforts on the U.S. side were unsatisfactory until the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began funding cleanup activities in 2010. So far, four U.S. sites have been dropped from the list. Three sites have been removed in Canada.

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