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Brewery Sues Over Oil Spill Cleanup Dredging Plan

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Oil clings to plants along the Kalamazoo River after an oil spill of approximately 840,000 gallons of crude oil July 28, 2010 in Marshall. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Oil clings to plants along the Kalamazoo River after an oil spill of approximately 840,000 gallons of crude oil July 28, 2010 in Marshall. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP (AP) – A brewery has sued over a plan for dredging sediments as part of the cleanup from the Kalamazoo River oil spill three years ago.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Bell’s Brewery on Monday sued Enbridge Inc. and the developer of a commercial park in Kalamazoo County’s Comstock Township.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Enbridge in March to do additional river dredging to remove more oil from bottomlands. More than 800,000 gallons were spilled when a company pipeline running from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario, ruptured in July 2010.

Enbridge installed a dredge pad and other equipment last month near the brewery’s production facility. The brewery’s complaint says dredging will release pollution, odors and hazardous substances and could harm Bell’s operations.

An Enbridge spokesman said the company would comment later.

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