Much of Kalamazoo River to open, 2 yrs after spill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Officials have announced the reopening to the public of nearly the entire stretch of the Kalamazoo River that was closed off following a massive oil spill two years ago.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator Susan Hedman told The Associated Press that 34 miles of the river and all of Morrow Lake are reopening.

EPA cleanup team coordinator Ralph Dollhopf says he expects the last quarter-mile stretch of closed river to be reopened in the next few weeks.

Dollhopf says he's proud of the cleanup effort and thinks the public will appreciate the care taken to maintain the river system's integrity.

It's still unknown what caused the July 2010 pipeline rupture that caused 840,000 gallons of heavy crude to spill out about 60 miles east of Grand Rapids.

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