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MARSHALL, MI – The Michigan Department of Community Health released a report today that concludes drinking water remained virtually uncontaminated after the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill.
The 75-page report details how the department tested wells along the Kalamazoo River spill site to check for exposure to harmful organic chemicals related to oil, finding nearly all wells were clean.
A few wells did contain iron and nickel, two oil-related chemicals, although not at levels that would be expected to have health effects, according to the report.
The department is asking for public comment on the report. It is available for review at the Marshall District Library, 124 W. Green St., Willard Library, 7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, and the Galesburg Memorial Library, 188 E. Michigan Ave. It also can be reviewed online.
Public comments must be received by July 25 and can be sent to Dr. Jennifer Gray, Division of Environmental Health, Michigan Department of Community Health, 201 Townsend St., Lansing, MI, 48913.
In a news release, the department promised to respond to every comment in the final report.
The released comes a day after the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 5,000 pages of raw documents detailing causes of the spill. A board spokesman told MLive a full report will will be released later this summer.
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