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Congressional District # 08


EPA ID# MID980794663
Last Updated: December, 2009

Site Description

The four-acre Cemetery Dump site, once used as a sand and gravel pit, has been backfilled and cleared. Approximately 300 to 600 barrels, containing unknown industrial wastes, were believed to be illegally dumped and buried on the site in the late 1960s or early 1970s. In 1981, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) excavated a test pit and removed 20 to 30 drum fragments from the site. The fragments were taken to a federally-approved facility. Analysis of the barrel contents indicated the presence of paint sludges, solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and oils. Approximately 4,400 people live within three miles of the site. The closest residence is located 300 feet away. All the residences in the area use domestic wells for drinking water. 

Site Responsibility

This site was addressed through federal and state actions.

Threats and Contaminants

Onsite drum fragments, soil and groundwater contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs), PCBs, and heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, and lead. People who came into direct contact with or accidentally ingested contaminated soil or drum contents may have been at risk. 

Cleanup Progress

In 1985, the state selected a remedy to control the source of the contamination by excavating approximately 250 drums and drum fragments and 10,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils. These drums were disposed of at a federally-approved facility. A fence was installed in 1988, to limit public access. The state completed the cleanup activities in 1989. 

In 1989, the state, after extensive sampling and analysis, determined that the removal of the source of contamination had corrected the soil and groundwater contamination; therefore, "No Further Actions" were required. The state monitored the groundwater for five years after completion of the cleanup activities to ensure there were no further health threats to the public or the environment. No contaminants were detected in the groundwater sampled. The site was deleted from the National Priorities List on April 19, 1995.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
gladys beard (beard.gladys@epa.gov)
(312) 886-7253

Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA
janet pope
(312) 353-0628




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