Douglas Won't Be Receiving State Grant To Study Local Contamination
Douglas City officials announced on Monday that the State of Michigan grant they sought to study the contamination plume they believe is emanating from under the former Haworth manufacturing site along Blue Star Highway was not awarded to the city.
“What we are going after is the source of the contamination,” Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere explained to council about what the city was planning on doing with the Michigan Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) grant funding if it had been awarded.
The city applied for what is called a Brownfield site assessment grant at the end 2013.
LeFevere announced that only four applicants in the state of Michigan had been awarded the coveted grant, and three of the four were repeat Brownfield sites.
The former manufacturing plant may be the source or part of the
source of a low-level contamination plume found to have TCE (trichloroethylene) and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) in the soils and groundwater.
The impacted area, they say, includes the West Shore Golf Course Redevelopment property, 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 to house certain public works vehicles and equipments and sees great opportunity for public use of the Haworth property.
“We don’t have a strategy (to find the source) at this point,” said LeFevere.
However, he said the city will strive to find other means to study the issue, including the possibility of working with the Haworth company.
A Brownfield site assessment would have allowed 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 a high concentration of hazardous waste or pollution can be designated as a federal Superfund site.