August 27, 2010 - At a public meeting hosted Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency, St. Clair Shores residents wanted to know when a PCB contamination in canals and storm drains in their neighborhood finally would be cleaned up.
But the best EPA officials could tell them was that there was a good chance that the EPA would include the Ten Mile drain project on its National Priorities List of Superfund sites when it releases the new list early next month.
Colleen Moynihan, an EPA remedial project manager, said being on the list would mean lots more money to investigate the cause of the contamination and to clean it up.
"Without finding a source, we are not going forward selecting a cleanup plan," she said.
For many of the estimated 90 people at the meeting at Lakeview High School, it wasn't anything new.
"I'd like to see some kind of action, a time frame on it, because this has been going on for nine years," Bruce Terwilliger said.
PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are industrial compounds that cause cancer and were banned in the 1970s.