Red Cliff Tribe says no danger in eating fish in Lake Superior waters containing DoD barrels

By KBJR News 1

Red Cliff Tribe says no danger in eating fish in Lake Superior waters containing DoD barrels

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM CDT

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Lake Superior Barrels (NALEMP) project has found there is no immediate concern regarding water safety and eating fish in the water containing barrels.

NALEMP is basing their findings on the 25 barrels they successfully retrieved and tested from Lake Superior. They do say there was no testing done on the explosive components of the barrels, which could be because they do not have enough to sample.

The Lake Superior Barrels investigation examined the type and extent of the Department of Defense (DoD) wastes when nearly 1,500 barrels full of discarded munitions parts were dumped in Lake Superior by the U.S. Army between 1959–1962.

NALEMP has since raised 25 barrels. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) pulled out nine in the 1990's.

NALEMP says they are facing poor communication with the federal agencies that provided funding for the project. They say no further Federal testing and/or clean up action alternatives are being written as part of a remedial investigation.

Tribal spokespeople say regardless, the tribe remains dedicated to cleaning up, restoring and protecting the ecosystems of the ceded territory.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com

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