- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 28, 2019

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a $585,000 settlement for cleaning up an old aluminum smelting site in southwestern Michigan.

The EPA says the Alreco Metals site in Benton Harbor, near the Paw Paw River, was in operation for 43 years before the owner filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Waste was exposed when equipment and buildings were dismantled at the 28-acre (11-hectare) site.

The government says it has reached a settlement over past response costs with Service Aluminum Corp., Toyota Motor Engineering and Louis Padnos Iron and Metal.

The public will have until Sept. 26 to offer an opinion.

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