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North Bronson Industrial Area Superfund Sites

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (pastor.susan@epa.gov)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325

Remedial Project Manager
James Hahnenberg (hahnenberg.james@epa.gov)
312-353-4213 or 800-621-8431, ext. 34213


(where to view written records)

Bronson Branch Library
207 N. Matteson St.
Bronson, MI


The Bronson Reel Co. began manufacturing fishing reels in 1928 at 505 N. Douglas St. in Bronson, MI. Employees made their own dyes, tools and fixtures in a machine shop. They also did their own plating and anodizing. In 1963, the company was purchased by Bronson Specialties. Production of fishing reels declined and was discontinued in 1968. Although plating operations stopped at that time, metal tooling and other manufacturing operations continued until the early 1990s. (more...)

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September 2014

The Superfund site and the North Bronson Former Facilities are in various stages of investigation and cleanup:
Operable Unit 1--A cleanup plan, or record of decision, was signed in 1998 Former Bronson Reel Facility Record of Decision (PDF) (62pp, 119K) to consolidate contaminated soil into one area of the western lagoons, dredge sediment from the county drain and combine them in that area, and to construct a wetland to treat groundwater from the lagoon area.  This plan was modified in 2008. North Bronson Industrial Area Explanation of Significant Differences (PDF)(12pp, 926KB) After working out design-related technical issues, five companies responsible for the contamination submitted a new work plan to the EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2013. A revised work plan was submitted to EPA and is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Modifications to the original groundwater cleanup plan may be addressed in the future by issuing a record of decision for the groundwater and industrial sewers (NBIA OU2).

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