residents hit PCB plan
Green Bay Gazette
December 15, 2001
A proposed cleanup plan for the PCB-contaminated Fox River
came under more fire Thursday at a meeting of residents
of the Green Bay shoreline.
have more PCBs in (the lower bay) than in the entire river,
said William Acker, a former paper industry engineer and
consultant who is also a bay shoreline resident.
Acker organized Thursdays meeting at the Eagles
Nest Supper Club on the bay shoreline by stuffing fliers
into the mailboxes of nearly 400 homes. About 15 people
turned out for the meeting.
A cleanup plan released by the state Department of Natural
Resources and the federal Environmental Protection Agency
Oct. 2 calls for dredging PCB-contaminated sediment from
portions of the 39-mile stretch of river between Little
Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County to the bay of
But the plan wouldnt touch contaminated bay sediment.
Data released by the agencies with the cleanup plan show
that about 69,000 pounds of PCBs lie in sediment contained
in the area from the mouth of the river to Point Au Sable
the first 7.5 miles of the bay.
Acker produced a critical analysis of the cleanup plan
as a paid consultant for an environmental group, but said
he organized Thursdays meeting on his own to make
shoreline residents aware of the problem they face.
He said his detailed analysis of the plan has raised eyebrows
of regulators in the EPA and DNR, who have privately admitted
that the data support the need for a partial bay cleanup.
Acker declined to identify the regulators.
Some residents at Thursdays meeting declined to
comment on the record, citing worry over property values.
Some expressed concern over health effects not discussed
in government agencies reports, such as PCB exposure
from wading and contaminated sediment washed onto the