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Thousands of cubic yards of PCB's removed from Milwaukee River

A scenic waterfall caused by a Dolomite rock outcropping along the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park. (Photo By Sulfur at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons).
A scenic waterfall caused by a Dolomite rock outcropping along the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park. (Photo By Sulfur at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - About 36,000 cubic yards of contaminated muck will be removed this year from the Milwaukee River.  

The state DNR says are nine areas of sediment contaminated with cancer causing PCB's. They're located on a mile stretch of the river in Milwaukee, between Lincoln Park and the Estabrook Park Dam.

The DNR's Marsha Burzynski says most of the muck will be disposed of in landfills -- and about 500 cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment will have to go to licensed facilities outside the Badger State.  

The federal EPA will pay most of the cleanup cost, which is estimated at $15 million.

Previously, about 125,000 cubic yards of sediment with PCB's were removed from the same area.

An informational meeting on the new dredging will be held May 20th at Lincoln Park.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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