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EPA cleans up Tamarack City Stamp Mill site

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A $120,000 asbestos cleanup at the abandoned Tamarack City Stamp Mill in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is wrapping up.

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton reports ( http://bit.ly/1lEpdbU ) that the two-week project will leave the Tamarack City neighborhood safer. It also might allow for creation of a new heritage site for the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project is being done with Osceola Township, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the National Park Service.

Asbestos once was used in insulation, roofing and other construction applications. It can cause lung cancer and other illnesses when inhaled.

The mill closed in 1968. The EPA is sometimes able to assign liability to former owners and recover remediation costs, but that's unlikely here due to the death of former owners.

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Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette, http://www.mininggazette.com

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by The Daily Mining Gazette (Houghton).

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