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E-M:/ Hamtramck company gets imminent risk finding

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

Date:         Mon, 22 Nov 2004 14:27:11 -0500
From:         Pat Watson <WATSONPE@MICHIGAN.GOV>
Subject:      New DEQ Press Release - November 22, 2004


Contact:  Robert McCann
               (517) 241-7397

DEQ Issues Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Order to Hamtramck
Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester, in
consultation with the Department of Community Health, has issued an
order finding that the storage of hazardous waste at the Michigan
Industrial Finishes Corporation manufacturing plant in Hamtramck
constituted an imminent and substantial hazard to the public health and
the environment.
The DEQ inspected the plant in February 2004 and discovered a
substantial amount of hazardous waste stored at the site in an unsafe
manner.  Furthermore, information was obtained showing that the company
had not shipped hazardous waste from the plant for proper disposal since
September 2002.

The DEQ performed a follow-up inspection with emergency response staff
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who estimated that as much
as 275,000 gallons of hazardous paint and solvent waste were being
illegally stored at the plant.  The inspection documented that these
wastes were being stored under substandard conditions that increase the
risk of a fire and/or releases of hazardous waste to the environment.
Much of the hazardous waste was stored in deteriorating containers that
were unprotected with no containment to prevent releases.

The order requires that the company immediately and permanently cease
operating, lawfully dispose of the hazardous wastes, and investigate
whether there have been releases to the environment.  The company has
since ceased operations; however, has identified that they are not
financially capable of removing the hazardous wastes.

Currently, the USEPA is working to perform an emergency removal of the
hazardous wastes.  USEPA obtained a voluntary access agreement from the
company on November 18, after obtaining a federal appropriation to
eliminate the hazard.  The entire removal project is estimated to cost
the federal government as much as $4 million to complete.


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