Red Cliff Band to take waste barrels from lake
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians will use a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Defense to remove barrels of military waste from Lake Superior.

As many as 1,400 barrels were reportedly dumped in the lake from 1959 to 1962. The tribe plans to remove 70 barrels to determine whether radioactive material or other types of toxic waste are present in the barrels.

“We need to know the truth about these barrels ... and we need to know the impact on the lake,’’ Duluth Mayor Don Ness said of the project, The Duluth News Tribune reported. “And to hold the people who dumped the barrels to account.”

The removal will take place in summer 2010.

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Red Cliff band lays out Lake Superior barrel recovery plan (The Duluth News Tribune 8/6)