Dredging of PCBs Recommended in Final Cleanup Plan for Fox River

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Doyle stood on the banks of the river in Green Bay today to announce the cleanup plan that will cost $324 million and take ten years to complete.

EPA regional administrator Tom Skinner says it will be the biggest environmental dredging project that his agency has ever been involved in.

River and bay sediment are polluted with P-C-Bs because seven paper companies sent now-banned chemicals in the waterways between 1954 and 1971.

Skinner says they're confident they can recover the cleanup costs through negotiated settlements with the paper companies or litigation.

Some 6.5 million cubic yards of sediment will be removed from 13 miles of the river, then piped either to the Brown County landfill or one that would be created.

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