Residents in Howell want hazardous waste site condemned and cleaned up

Residents in Howell Township want a hazardous waste site in their neighborhood condemned, cleaned up and eventually turned into open space.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss a six-acre property on Maxim-Southard Road that is considered hazardous. The EPA says they are looking to perform a major clean up at an estimated cost of $6.7 million.

One resident says taxpayers should not pay to have the area cleaned up. He feels Herbert Zschiegner, who has owned the land since 1964, should be paying for the damages.

EPA officials say they headed a $1.3 million cleanup project in 1993 after finding a number of improperly stored chemicals on the property. They say they will do everything they can to protect the people and the environment. They also say they will hold parties responsible for the contamination accountable.

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