EPA proposes $585,000 settlement for Benton Harbor cleanup site

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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 Benton Harbor

The EPA says the Alreco Metals site, 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 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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