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Ten-Mile Drain Site

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  • St. Clair Shores, Michigan (Macomb County)
  • EPA ID# MIN000510063
  • NPL Site Narrative
  • NPL Fact Sheet
  • Alias(es): PCB Drain, St. Clair Shores PCB Drain #2, St. Clair Shores Drain, 10 Mile Drain PCB Spill
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Remedial Project Manager
Colleen Moynihan (moynihan.colleen@epa.gov)
312-353-8196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38196

MDEQ Project ManagerContact
Autumn Lawson
(lawsona@michigan.gov)
517-241-2120

Repositories

(where to view written records)

St. Clair Shores Public Library
22500 Eleven Mile Road
St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Fish Consumption Advisory

Michigan Department of Community Health has issued a “Do Not Eat” advisory for all fish taken from the Lange/Revere canals and carp and catfish caught in Lake St. Clair. In July 2011,  fish samples were collected from Lake St. Clair from an area up to five miles north and four miles south of the 10 Mile/Lange/Revere canals. When that information is available, it will be presented to the public.

2011-2012 Michigan Fish Advisory
A Family Guide to Eating Michigan Fish
Exit EPA Disclaimer

Fish Advisory at the Lange and Revere Canals Exit EPA Disclaimer

Preventing Exposure to PCBs (PDF) 2pg 150KB

Background

The Ten-Mile Drain Site is located northeast of the City of Detroit and on the western shore of Lake St. Clair, Macomb County, Michigan. The geographical coordinates of the site are latitude 42°29'12" North and longitude -82°53'56" West. The site encompasses a several block area where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been documented to be present in significant quantities in an underground storm sewer drain system. The ten-mile storm sewer system is approximately 15 feet underground and empties into two residential canal systems connected to Lake St. Clair. The area of concern for this site includes sewer lines in and around the intersection of Bon Brae Street and Harper Avenue in St Clair Shores, Mich., and other areas to be determined for further investigation and sampling. (more...)

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Site Updates

May 2014

EPA approved an interim cleanup plan to remove PCB contamination from the trench of the Ten-Mile Drain storm sewer system. The EPA plans to dig up and replace manhole vaults, along with the underlying stone bedding and backfill material, at the two locations where the highest PCB levels have been found. This is expected to prevent the seepage of PCB contamination into the Ten-Mile Drain system and the canals while the Agency works on a final cleanup plan. EPA considered several alternatives before selecting this course of action. The estimated capital cost of EPA's interim cleanup is $2.6 million. The cleanup will comply with state and federal regulations, can be implemented, and is cost-effective.

You may see information used to select this cleanup plan in the "record of decision" posted under Technical Documents or at the St. Clair Shores library. Please post the final signed June 2014 interim ROD to the TMD website.

EPA is scheduled to receive remedial action money as soon as the design plans are completed later this summer.

March 2014

Source control activities oil and sediment results map (PDF) (1 pg, 11" x 17", 218K) April 2014

Results from EPA sampling for March 2014 are highlighted in the source control activities results map.

February 2014

EPA selected an interim cleanup plan to remove PCB contamination from the trench of the Ten-Mile Drain storm sewer system. The EPA plans to dig up and replace manhole vaults, along with the underlying stone bedding and backfill material, at the two locations where the highest PCB levels have been found. This is expected to prevent the seepage of PCB contamination into the Ten Mile Drain system and the canals while the Agency works on a final cleanup plan. Currently the Record of Decision for the interim cleanup is under review. The Record of Decision or ROD explains the cleanup alternative that will be used.

Results from EPA sampling for December 2013 and January 2014 are highlighted in the source control activities results maps. PCB contaminated oil was found at eight locations highlighted in green on the map. At each of these locations, an absorbent snare was used to swipe the bottom of the drain clean followed by the installation of a clean snare to soak up any additional oil. The locations highlighted in gold on the map shares the sediment sample results. Sediment was not sampled at each location because there is a small amount of sediment in the drain. NS indicates that there was no sediment to sample. Additional oil samples were taken at the locations highlighted in orange.

Source Control Activities December 2013 (PDF) (1pp, 169KB)
Source Control Activities January 2014 (PDF) (1pp, 159KB)

December 2013

EPA is proposing an interim cleanup plan to remove PCB contamination from the trench of the Ten-Mile Drain storm sewer system. The EPA plans to dig up and replace manhole vaults, along with the underlying stone bedding and backfill material, at the two locations where the highest PCB levels have been found. This is expected to prevent the seepage of PCB contamination into the Ten Mile Drain system and the canals while the Agency works on a final cleanup plan. EPA invites you to comment on the proposed interim cleanup plan online.

November 2013

Results from EPA sampling for September 2013 are highlighted in the source control activities results map. PCB contaminated oil was found at eight locations highlighted in green on the map. At each of these locations, an absorbent snare was used to swipe the bottom of the drain clean followed by the installation of a clean snare to soak up any additional oil. The locations highlighted in gold on the map shares the sediment sample results. Sediment was not sampled at each location because there is a small amount of sediment in the drain. NS indicates that there was no sediment to sample. Additional oil samples were taken at the locations highlighted in orange.

Source Control Activities (PDF) (1p, 168K) September 2013

Recent Activities

National Priorities List (NPL) Status Update

In September 2010, the Ten-Mile Drain site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is a roster of the nation's hazardous waste sites eligible for investigation and cleanup under EPA's Superfund program. The transfer of the site to EPA's remedial branch will allow for additional funding and resources.

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