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Re: E-M:/ Probe zeros in on PCB source

Enviro-Mich message from "Sarah Roberts" <sroberts@cleanwater.org>

That is an extremely important point. The county is singling in on the Bon
Brae and Harper area, but no specifics have been identified or reported.
Sometimes the media wants to move faster than the actual story.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Richardson" <Mark.Richardson@macombcountymi.gov>
To: <HAMILTREEF@aol.com>; <sroberts@cleanwater.org>;
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Probe zeros in on PCB source

News reports circulated today regarding the St. Clair Shores PCB
contamination site need to be interpreted with caution.  The Macomb County
Department of Public Works has not "identified" the source of the
contamination.  The contractor to MCDPW has reviewed documents obtained from
the MDEQ underground storage tank program showing moderately high PCB
contamination in soils on one of the properties near the drain.  This
information does not establish that the property in question is the source.
There is much further information to review and MCDPW's investigation is

>>> "Sarah Roberts" <sroberts@cleanwater.org> 12/16/2004 1:51:54 PM >>>
Probe zeros in on PCB source - 12/16/04
  After an extensive federal cleanup, the toxins remain at St. Clair Shores

  Although it is good news that the Macomb County Public Works Department is
finally zeroing in on the most troublesome area of the contamination, this
article misses a huge point. There has been a tremendous effort by Toxic
Free Shores and canal and community residents to watchdog the government
entities handling this case. If it were not for the tenacity, persistence,
dedication and detective work of Toxic Free Shores and other concerned
citizens, they would not be singling down the source of this continuing

  After the U.S. EPA claimed victory for removing all the highly
contaminated sediment almost a year and a half ago, Clean Water Action was
able to assist in securing grant dollars for Toxic Free Shores to perform
confirmatory samples to see if the contamination was truly remediated. Toxic
Free Shores had a strong hunch that PCBs were re-entering the 10 Mile Drain
system. The sampling effort proved worthwhile as high levels of PCBs were
found in the 10 Mile storm drain catch basin and canal sediment near the
outfall of the drain. These results moved the U.S. EPA and the MCPWD to
conduct more sampling. Their results were even worse. Of particular concern
was the Harper and Bon Brae area, where high levels of PCBs were found in
water samples. Those samples were taken by the EPA in July of 2003. The
MCPWD is finally moving towards the red flag Toxic Free Shores tried to
communicate to the EPA investigator and the MCPWD in July of 2003.

  The continuing contamination has been monitored by the MCPWD because Toxic
Free Shores and other residents played a major role in demanding that a
monitoring plan be put in place. The dedication of this group and area
residents working towards solving this problem is honorable and deserves to
be noted. The history of this story would be much different if it were not
for these activists. It truly is good news that the truth is finally coming

  Sarah Roberts

  Lake St. Clair Community Organizer

  Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund



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