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March 7, 2021
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Tannery Bay Cleanup
(wgvu) - An $8 million cleanup of chromium
and mercury from a section of the St. Marys River is complete.
About 44,000 cubic yards of sediment were dredged over the past
year from Tannery Bay north of Sault Ste. Marie. The pollution came
primarily from a leather tannery that operated by the river during
the first half of the 20th century.
The St. Marys river links Lakes Huron and Superior.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provided $4.8 for the
project under the Great Lakes Legacy Act, a 2002 program to cleanse
severely degraded sediments across the region.
Phelps Dodge Corp., which owns the former tannery property,
contributed $2.6 million. Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality added $600,000.
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