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Rasmussenís Dump

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones (jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Howard Caine
800-621-8431, ext. 39685


(where to view written records)

Hamburg Township Library
10411 Merrill Road
Whitmore Lake, MI

Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive
Brighton, Mi


The 33-acre site was an unlicensed dump for domestic and industrial waste during the 1960’s and early 1970s. The site is located on Spicer Road in Brighton, in Livingston County, about 40 miles west of Detroit. It is bordered by a residential housing development and farmland. In September 1983, the Rasmussen’s Dump officially became a National Priorities List (NPL) site. Some of the contaminants discovered at the site include lead, cadmium, benzene as well as other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in groundwater and soil.

In 1984, EPA removed 3,000 drums and 250 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site. In 1990, an additional 660 drums containing contaminated waste, and contaminated soil was removed from the site by responsible parties.

Currently, the site has a cap over the dump and ozone sparging system operates to reduce the contaminants of concern in the groundwater contaminant plume.


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Site Updates

July 2014

EPA is doing a status review of the cleanup. This type of review is required at least every five years where the cleanup is complete but hazardous waste remains managed on-site. These reviews are done to ensure that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. This is the fourth five-year review for this site.  EPA found in the third five-year review that the remedy at Rasmussen’s Dump continues to be protective of human health and the environment over the short term. However, in order for the remedy to be protective in the long-term, the groundwater cleanup standards need to be achieved, the northern and southern plumes need to be fully defined and outlined, and restrictions for the Rasmussen’s Dump site and a portion of the adjacent Spiegelberg property need to be implemented. EPA, MDEQ and the potentially responsible parties or PRPs are currently working towards resolving these outstanding items. The PRPs also continue to submit quarterly groundwater monitoring reports to EPA for review.

Contact the site community involvement coordinator and/or the remedial project manager to provide input on this review process.

The review will include:

A report, which will be available by March 2015, will detail the site's progress.


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