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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 

More than 575,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with PCBs and PAHs (polychlorinated biphenyls and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), heavy metals and pesticides were removed or isolated from the marsh and the river. EPA  
EPA  

Fighting chance

The recent completion of a $52 million project to rid a marsh of contaminated sediment will speed the recovery of Indiana's Grand Calumet River, marking a step forward for one of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's most complex Area of Concern cleanups. EPA

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Milfoil carpeted a section of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. The water weed plagues many area lakes and is getting an earlier start this year. MARLIN LEVISON/Star Tribune  
Star Tribune  

Healthy invasion

The warm and early-starting spring has meant a healthy crop of invasive aquatic weeds and new techniques for removing them from lakes in the metro area and across Minnesota. Milfoil has appeared in thick mats on the lakes in and around Minneapolis. Star Tribune

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• Weeds, algae choke Indianapolis-area waterways

The study lays out the myriad impacts mercury pollution has on humans (our health and livelihoods) as well as wildlife and ecosystems. NRDC  
Plain Dealer  

Plastics study

An environmental survey of Lake Erie and other Great Lakes to be done this summer will, for the first time, identify how seriously micro plastics pollute the lakes, food supplies and even the world's oceans. The study is expected to provide significant data about the levels of the discarded plastics — from trash to tiny particles found in the lakes. Cleveland Plain Dealer



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Brown and Caldwell Vice President Steve Koenigsberg talks about the three pillars of remediation — design, management and closure — at the Eighth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, presented by Battelle May 21–24 in Monterey.

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