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TODAY: EPA Administrator to Travel to Michigan

Release Date: 07/30/2010
Contact Information: press@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA83

Marshall, Mich. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will travel to Michigan today, July 30, to personally oversee the ongoing response to the Enbridge spill in the Kalamazoo River.

Administrator Jackson will join Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Senator Debbie Stabenow at a briefing at the Unified Area Command in Marshall and an overflight of portions of the Kalamazoo River impacted by the spill. The Administrator, Governor and Senator are tentatively scheduled to hold a press briefing later in the day.

Additional details will be released on that briefing as they become available.

On Monday July 26, 2010, EPA responded to a burst near Marshall, Mich., of a 30-inch pipeline belonging to Enbridge Inc. EPA estimates over 1 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Talmadge Creek, a waterway which feeds into the Kalamazoo River. While the oil leak has stopped, the spill has affected up to 25 miles of the Kalamazoo River. The spill site, located between Marshall and Battle Creek, includes marshlands, residential areas, farmland and businesses.

EPA, which has assumed the role of Federal On-Scene Coordinator for this spill, was on the ground immediately following the spill and rapidly ramped up its response.

For more information on EPA’s response to the Enbridge spill: http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill<http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill>.

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