It looks as though a second pollution hot spot in the Great Lakes
will receive money for cleanup. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s
Mike Simonson reports on the progress of the Great Lakes Legacy Act:
It looks as though a second pollution hot spot in the Great Lakes will receive money
The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Mike Simonson reports on the progress of the
The Great Lakes Legacy Act was passed in 2002. It earmarked 54 million dollars a
year for five
years to clean up pollution hot spots. In the first several years, not all the
money promised was
delivered. So clean up on the 31 polluted areas has been slow.
Right now, the Black Lagoon on the Detroit River is the only pollution hot spot
up. Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say they’re hoping to
start on a
second project in Lake Superior next year.
Wisconsin will need to pony up a third of the 5.2 million dollar cost to dredge the
Superior Harbor. Wisconsin Project Supervisor John Robinson is hopeful. He says
after identifying the pollution, money may finally be available.
“The Legacy Act is clearly a catalyst that will allow us to go ahead. Without it,
would be delayed into a period of time that we’re uncertain of.”
Some of the money will come from companies partly responsible for the pollution.
hopes to begin cleanup in February.
For the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, I’m Mike Simonson.