KL Avenue Landfill

Moving Toxic Plume A Concern For Oshtemo Drinking Water

Mar 25, 2016
Anders Dahlberg

For about 30 years, the cancer-linked chemical 1,4 dioxane has been leaching into Kalamazoo County’s groundwater from the KL Avenue Landfill. It’s contaminated drinking water wells in Oshtemo Township and forced more than 300 people to switch to Kalamazoo city water.

Now state regulators are planning to tighten the limits on 1,4 dioxane in drinking water. That means even more homes will have to give up their wells as the toxic plume moves west.