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Michigan fish kill blamed on ‘black liquor’ from Verso paper mill

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Michigan fish kill blamed on ‘black liquor’ from Verso paper mill

August 26, 2020 - 20:46
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GLADSTONE, MI, Aug. 26, 2020 (Upper Michigans Source ) -Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) said a recent fish kill along the southern reaches of the Escanaba River at Gladstone was the result of a pipe failure at Verso Corporation’s Escanaba Paper Mill.

“We have been sampling and monitoring the river at numerous points since this incident occurred,” said Tom Asmus, who monitors compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program for EGLE in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Under the Clean Water Act, the program controls point source discharges of pollutants to waters of the U.S. “All indications are that the environmental conditions in the river have recovered.”

The fish kill, which affected at least a dozen species, was reported Sunday Aug. 9 to EGLE and Michigan Department of Natural Resources personnel, who responded the following day.

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