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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2001

Contact: Ken Silfven
(517) 241-7397

DEQ to Remove Tanks, Contamination at Whitehall Site

The Department of Environmental Quality will begin removing eight abandoned 
underground storage tanks and up to 400 cubic yards of contaminated soil 
from a Whitehall site next month, according to Director Russell Harding.

Staff of the DEQ's Storage Tank Division will use $136,350 from the Clean 
Michigan Initiative (CMI) to address the former Five A Oil property at 908 
Lakeview Road.  The property overlooks the former Whitehall Leather/Tannery 
Bay contamination site as well as White Lake.

"This is good news for the Whitehall Community," Harding said.  "The DEQ's 
response actions will remove possible risks to public health and the 
environment from this site.  Once again we're seeing CMI dollars make a 
difference in communities across Michigan."

Owners of the property failed to conduct activities that were required by 
state and federal regulations.  The regulations required that the contents 
of substandard tanks be emptied by Dec. 22, 1998, and that the underground 
storage tanks be removed by Dec. 22, 1999.

The DEQ is dedicating state funds to the site because the petroleum 
products in the abandoned tanks are potential environmental and fire 
hazards.  The CMI funds will address the potential threat to White Lake and 
restore that portion of the White Lake shoreline.  Additional CMI money 
will be requested if necessary.

Clayton Group Services Inc. is the project management firm overseeing the 
tank and soil removal through a subcontract with DLZ Michigan Inc.

Work began on Oct. 18 when the site was evaluated for the presence of 
unknown tanks, through the use of ground-penetrating radar.  Petroleum 
product from the underground tanks and soil samples from around the tanks 
were collected on Oct. 31 for waste characterization and disposal.

Completion of the project is expected by March 15, 2002.

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