Douglas Approves Grant Application For Brownfield Site Assessment Of Haworth Plant
In an effort to evaluate and later possibly mitigate environmental contamination at the former Haworth Manufacturing site along Blue Star Highway, the Douglas City Council recently approved a grant application for a Brownfield site assessment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“We believe it may be the source of the (contamination) plume,” Douglas City Clerk Jean Neve recently told Observer Newspapers.
City officials believe the former manufacturing plant may be the source - or part of the source - of a low-level contamination plume found in areas nearby, including the West Shore Golf Course Redevelopment, Center and Ferry streets, and the old Miro golf course, on Wiley Road west of Blue Star Highway.
The city has acquired the Miro property and sees great opportunity for public use of the Haworth property as well as.
A Brownfield site assessment will allow the city to work in collaboration with the property owner, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Allegan County Brownfield Authority to inspect the site and determine to what extent additional cleanup is necessary, the December 16 resolution explains.
A Brownfield site entails land previously used for industrial purposes or other commercial uses that may be contaminated with a low level of hazardous contaminants. The site may be used again once it is cleaned up.
Land that is contaminated with high concentration of hazardous waste or pollution can be designated as a Superfund site.
In other Douglas City business, community activist and local resident Neal Seabert recently offered the Douglas City Council a memo with a “year in review”
Seabert, notes, in part, “With the consolidation issue behind us the community needs to start working together and forgive any hardships where we can continue to shine…Our journey forward will be hard with many financial issues before us to pay for dredging of our harbor, improvements to our streets and how we can draw the perception that we are a warm and welcoming community for all to visit and to enjoy.”
Among the successes in 2013 he points to, are the establishment of single-hauler trash program, a private-to-public street ordinance, Harbor Authority permit approvals and the starting of a Bayou-to-beach pathway.