WHITEHALL, Mich.—By the end of this year, White Lake may no longer be on a list of toxic hot spots.
Monday night, a small group of community members gathered at White Lake Community Library to weigh in on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's plan to remove the lake from a list of 14 areas of concern in the state. Some community members thanked federal, state and local officials for their work to completely restore the lake, which was declared an area of concern in 1985 because of environmental degradation, mostly due to industrial and municipal wastes.
The public comment period ends at midnight Thursday. Michigan's DEQ will then consider possible revisions to the delisting report before resubmitting the document to the federal government. The federal approval process may take several months; the DEQ hopes to have the delisting finalized by October.