Steps taken toward cleanup of White Lake pollution

(courtesy www.epa.gov)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan lake is moving closer to removal from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.

White Lake in Muskegon County was declared a Great Lakes “area of concern” in 1985 because of severe environmental degradation, primarily from industrial and municipal wastes.

The designation was based on a series of specific ecological problems that would have to be fixed before the site could be dropped from the list.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently determined that two of those problems had been resolved. They included restrictions on drinking water consumption and degradation of scenic values.

Two more “beneficial use impairments” remain before the site can be labeled restored.

The area includes wetlands at the mouth of the White River and extends to Lake Michigan.

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