- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

ST. LOUIS, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected a roughly $23 million plan to clean up a highly contaminated area of Gratiot County.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant and the Detroit Free Press report the latest work focuses on a former chemical burn pit site in St. Louis. Officials say the work includes heating the tar-like pollutants in the soil, then capturing and properly disposing of the liquid and vapor pollutants.

Groundwater also is contaminated from pollutants under and near the site.

Michigan Chemical and Velsicol Chemical left behind DDT, polybrominated biphenyls and other poisons when they moved out. Michigan and EPA have been collaborating to clean a nearby neighborhood as part of Superfund work in the community.

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