Officials Schedule Announcement About River Raisin Pollution

MONROE, Mich. (AP) – Officials are preparing to make what they describe as a “major announcement” about a polluted section of River Raisin in southeastern Michigan.

They have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Monroe.

Participating agencies include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Monroe and the Great Lakes Commission.

They’ll be discussing a longtime effort to clean up industrial pollution in a 2.6-mile portion of the river that extends into Lake Erie. It’s on a list of the Great Lakes region’s most heavily contaminated sites.

The primary types of pollution in River Raisin are PCBs and heavy metals including copper, zinc and chromium.

They’ve come from factories, wastewater treatment facilities, landfills and farms.

 

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