'Take it Away': Music video, Upton urge EPA to clean up Kalamazoo site

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
A local congressman is joining in the effort to get a contaminated site in Kalamazoo cleaned up.

Rep. Fred Upton (FILE)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. A local congressman is joining in the effort to get a contaminated site in Kalamazoo cleaned up.

Supporters of the cause are turning to music to pass along their message to the environmental protection agency.

Republican Congressman Fred Upton gives the thumbs up to the cause.

The song is called "Take it Away" and asks the EPA to remove contaminated soil from the land, which is the former Allied Paper site.

The land is on the Superfund list, meaning it's an uncontrolled hazardous waste site.

Upton is chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is responsible for environment issues.

“I’m on the side, joined with both of our senators, to get it out of Kalamazoo,” Upton said. “We need to remove it - not cap it - remove it. I met with administrator of EPA last week. She's going to come testify in front of our committee.”

The former Allied Paper site has been on the EPA's superfund list since 1990.


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