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News Brief: EPA Announces $22 Million Cleanup of Kinnickinnic River

Release Date: 08/22/2008
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

(Chicago, Ill. - Aug. 22, 2008) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Regional Administrator Lynn Buhl joined Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Milwaukee on Aug. 20 to announce a $22 million project to clean up contaminated sediment in the Kinnickinnic River.

"The Legacy Act is crucial to the restoration of the national treasure that we have right here on our doorstep - the Great Lakes," said EPA Regional Administrator Lynn Buhl. "Once it's completed, the Kinnickinnic River Legacy Act cleanup will contribute significantly to the ultimate goal of getting the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern off the list of contaminated sites around the Great Lakes."

The river will be cleaned up using $14.3 million from the Great Lakes Legacy Act fund and $7.7 million from the state of Wisconsin. More information about the Kinnickinnic River cleanup and the Great Lakes Legacy Act is available at: http://epa.gov/greatlakes/sediment/legacy/kk/

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