Enbridge's Response to March 14 EPA Order
Enbridge today told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that we will comply with the Order received on March 14 from Region 5 U.S. EPA, requiring additional response efforts on the Kalamazoo River. Our focus now is developing a Work Plan that, once approved by the EPA, would allow Enbridge to submit permit applications to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for the additional dredging and containment required under the order.
After our permit applications are filed with the MDEQ, members of the public will have an opportunity to share their views through the MDEQ’s permitting process. This process includes a public comment period that must be completed before the MDEQ can issue the requested permits to allow the proposed remedial work on the river.
While there are some issues related to the Order that still must be resolved, we are, as we have always been, focused on cooperation with the EPA and other authorities in doing what is best for the river and the environment based on analysis and sound science. Enbridge’s position has long been that science, such as the data from the EPA-driven oil quantification studies, should drive next steps. Our commitment remains strong, and we believe it is essential that local residents have a voice in this process.
Enbridge remains committed to completing the remediation of the Kalamazoo River. We will continue our long-term presence in the area and will continue to work in the best interests of the affected communities and river environment.