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E-M:/ Heads up...Howell, MI

Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com

U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release

Legal Contact: Andre Daugavietis
(312) 886-6663

Technical Contact: Turpin Ballard
(312) 353-6083

Media Contact: Denise Gawlinski
(312) 886-9859

For Immediate Release: May 13, 1997

No. 97-OPA100


NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS: Photo opportunities of initial 
demolition activity can be scheduled.  Please call EPA
media contact Denise Gawlinski to coordinate. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 said today 
that building demolition activities at the Bruce
Products site (Howell, MI) will begin this week.

Nearby residents can expect to see heavy equipment at 
the Superfund site during daylight hours for the next 6 to 8
weeks.  Trucks carrying building material and other debris 
from the site will also be present.

Following the demolition, EPA will excavate and properly 
dispose of contaminated soil from around the main
building.  These areas will then be filled with clean soil and 
seeded with grass.

The abandoned facility produced specialty oils, coolants, and 
grinding/buffing compounds from 1927 until Bruce
Products Corp. filed for bankruptcy in 1992.  From the late 
1800's until 1927, the facility was operated by a
succession of dairy processing and refining companies.

EPA's involvement at the 8-acre site began in 1993, 
following reports of chemical exposure accidents involving
children playing on the property.  After securing the site against 
further trespass and vandalism, EPA removed
approximately 1,400 drums, bottles, and other containers of 
hazardous chemicals. 

The building demolition and soil excavation marks the end 
of cleanup activities at the Superfund site.  The State of
Michigan acquired the property in 1992 and is funding the 
demolition work.  EPA is paying the $180,000 cost of
excavation and disposal.  The City of Howell plans to 
re-develop the property for recreational use.


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