ANN ARBOR, MICH. (October 30, 2014) – The U.S. EPA today announced it was removing two Michigan locations from a list of the region’s most polluted waters—so-called Areas of Concern. The sites—Deer Lake, south of Lake Superior, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and White Lake, west of Lake Michigan in Muskegon County—had been listed since 1987 as two of the 43 U.S. and Canadian Areas of Concern, former industrial sites plagued by PCB’s, mercury, and other pollutants that led to drinking water restrictions, beach closures, and fish consumption advisories.
The EPA announcement marks the latest progress in an effort by the federal government to accelerate restoration of the Great Lakes—including cleanup of toxic hotspots—through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The initiative has invested more than $1.6 billion over the last five years to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, reduce runoff from cities and farms, and fight invasive species. More >