Mancelona Superfund site to receive clean-up funding

By: 
Linda Gallagher

MANCELONA — Tar Lake, the name loosely applied to a 234-acre Superfund site in Mancelona Township, will be receiving federal funding to initiate clean-up of the area. 

Funding for the location east of the village of Mancelona, along with remediation funding for three other Superfund sites in the state of Michigan, will come from the $1 trillion federal infrastructure package approved by Congress in November, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday. 

The funding approved in November will pay for the excavation and removal of 220,000 tons of contaminated material and the installation of wells to further monitor ground water contamination. 

The EPA has not said how much of the federal funding will be made available for the Mancelona site. 

More than $1 billion will be dedicated to 49 different Superfund sites across the country that have not yet received any federal assistance. 

The location of the Antrim Iron Works from 1882 until 1945, large areas of soil and groundwater were polluted over the years in the Tar Lake area, which was briefly considered for a proposed bio-mass plant in 2009.

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