Ten Mile Drain On Federal Cleanup List

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Federal money will be coming in to cleanup Macomb County’s Ten Mile Drain — which has been placed on the Superfund list of highly contaminated sites.

The Environmental Protection Agency said listing the underground storm sewer drainage system on the western shore of Lake St. Clair triggers a search for the source of PCB’s, which were found in the St. Clair Shores drain in 2002. 

Despite several efforts to cleanse the system, the toxic chemicals are still turning up.

WWJ spoke with David Consiglio who is a resident at Rivere Street in the area.

“Not only will the drain be cleaned, but they’re going to have to redo the canal, too, because the canal’s recontaminated as well,” Consiglio said.

“So, once they clean the canal, we’ll be the cleanest, deepest canal — and I’m sure that will help the property values when the economy turns [around],” he said.

Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan requested the designation. He said it’s crucial to track down the source of the pollution and stop it for good.

(Copyright 2010 WWJ Radio. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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