Ten-Mile Drain Site
Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628
Remedial Project Manager
Colleen Moynihan (email@example.com)
312-353-8196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38196
MDEQ Project ManagerContact
(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.
Preventing Exposure to PCBs (PDF) 2pg 150KB
The Ten-Mile Drain Site is located northeast of the City of Detroit and on the western shores of Lake St. Clair in St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Michigan. The site includes a portion of the Ten Mile drain (TMD), a concrete storm sewer system fifteen feet below ground, and the nearby Lange and Revere Street canals which connect to Lake St. Clair. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are known to have migrated from a historical release of PCB-containing oil into the storm sewer system, either from a surface spill or illegal dumping, through the TMD system and then discharged into the canals. The area of concern for this site includes TMD sewer lines in and around the intersection of Bon Brea Street and Harper Avenue in St Clair Shores, Michigan, the Lange and Revere Street canals, and possibly other areas to be determined after further investigation and sampling. (more...)
August 2014 - Current Update
On May 16, 2014, EPA approved an interim cleanup plan called an Interim Record of Decision (ROD) to remove PCB contamination from certain areas in 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 these high levels 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. The Interim ROD is posted under the “Technical Documents” section of this website and can also be found at the St. Clair Shores library.
EPA completed a time-critical removal of PCB-contaminated soil from nine residential properties and one commercial property on July 10, 2014. PCBs were found in the soil at or near the ground surface at these locations that was above EPA’s removal action criteria. About 1,500 tons of soil were removed and disposed in an offsite facility located in Wayne, Michigan.
EPA is currently conducting a comprehensive investigation to determine the nature and extent of the PCB contamination and evaluate any potential risks to human health and the environment. The results of this study and all previous studies will be used to design a final cost-effective approach to clean up the source and stop the potential for re-contamination.
- September 26, 2013 – EPA hosted an availability session for resident who were notified about their property sample results.
- September 9 -20 2013 – Conducted residential sampling for the second phase of site wide remedial investigation
- June 26, 2013: Meeting with Lakecrest-Rio Vista Canal Association residents.
- April 22 - June 7 2013: Conducted residential and commercial sampling for first phase of site wide remedial investigation.
- March 25, 2013: Open house and public meeting to discuss upcoming site wide remedial investigation field work.
- Late August 2011: EPA crews took sediment samples from the 10 Mile/Lang/Revere canals as part of the ongoing investigation into the Ten Mile Drain Superfund Site
- March 6, 2012: Open house and public meeting
- July 26, 2011: Open House and Public meeting to present proposed weir maintenance activities for review and public comment.
- April-May 2011: EPA took 90 samples in an effort to identify source of PCBs within Ten-Mile Drain system.
- April 2011: City of St. Clair Shores inspected absorbent snares and removed and replaced snares containing oil; clean absorbent snares placed at four weir locations.
- Feb. 26, 2011: PCB oil removed and absorbent snares placed at six weir locations with PCB contamination; absorbent snares soak up oil and further inhibit movement of contamination.
- Sept. 2010: Ten-Mile Drain site placed on National Priorities List, making it eligible for investigation and cleanup under Superfund Program.
- May 2010: City of St. Clair Shores began monitoring weirs and periodically sampling behind weirs to keep track of sediment and PCB levels.
- March-April 2010: EPA removed water from the drain and installed 15 weirs (small dams), bringing total number of weirs to 17; removed PCB oil and PCB-contaminated sediment from within the drain.
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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- Public Meeting on Temporary Cleanup Plan for Ten-Mile Drain Superfund Site - July 22, 2011
- EPA to Host Open Houses on Ten-Mile Drain Superfund Site in St. Clair Shores, Mich. - March 25, 2011
- EPA Invites Public To Meeting On Ten-Mile Drain Site - Aug. 23, 2010
- EPA begins new phase of St. Clair Shores drain cleanup - March 11, 2010
- EPA adds St. Louis, Mich., site to superfund national priorities list; Proposes St. Clair Shores site - March 3, 2010
- EPA completes 10-mile drain PCB containment liner; monitoring to continue - Sept. 20, 2006
- Conducting Cleanup of PCBs Near Harper and Lakeland (PDF) ( 2pp, 761K) April 2014
- Interim Plan Proposed for Cleanup of PCBs (PDF) (10 pp, 571K) November 2013
- Site Investigation Continues; Health Concerns Addressed (PDF) (2pp, 106K) Sept. 2013
- EPA Starts Next Phase of Sampling (PDF) (2pp, 79KB) March 2013
- EPA Discovers PCBs Under Manhole Vaults (PDF) (6pp, 1.0MB) February 2012
- EPA Proposes Interim Cleanup Plan for PCB Contamination (PDF) (8pp, 1.7MB) July 2011
- Sampling Project Planned To Find PCB Source (PDF) (4pp, 941K) March 2011
- Health Concerns and PCBs: Questions and Answers (PDF) (2pp, 70K) August 2010
- Additional Cleanup Work and Long-Term Study to Begin (PDF) (4pp, 335K) June 2010
- 2010 On-Scene Coordinator Pollution Reports
- 2006-2007 On-Scene Coordinator Pollution Reports
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 168KB) September 2014
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 161KB) August 2014
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 173KB) July 2014
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 161KB) June 2014
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 174KB) May 2014
- Interim Record of Decision (PDF) (73 pp, 4.6MB) May 2014
- Source control activities oil and sediment results map (PDF) (1 pg, 11" x 17", 218K) April 2014
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (1 pp, 161KB) April 2014
- Source Control Activities January 2014 (PDF) (1pp, 159KB)
- Source Control Activities December 2013 (PDF) (1pp, 169KB)
- TMD Proposed Plan 2013 Final (PDF) (41 pp, 4.21MB) November 2013
- Source Control Activities (PDF) (1p, 168K) September 2013
- Source Control Activities Results (PDF) (2pp, 70KB), June 2013
- Source Control Activities Results Map (PDF) (1pp, 161KB), June 2013
- Source Control Activities Results Map, April 2013 (PDF) (1pp 218KB)
- Source Control Activities Results Map, March 2013 (PDF) (1pp 218KB)
- Ten-Mile Drain Lange and Revere Canals Sediment Sampling Report (PDF) (74pg, 4.77MB) June 2012
- Lange and Revere Street Canals Sediment Sampling Report (PDF) (74pg, 4.77MB) June 2012
- Source Control Activities Results Map (PDF) (1 pg, 218K) December 20, 2012
- Source Control Activities Results Map (PDF) (1 pg, 219K) November 20, 2012
- Source Control Activities Results Map (PDF) (1pp, 1.9MB) September 2012
- Oil and Sediment Results (PDF) (1pp, 454K) July 30, 2012
- Results from EPA sampling for April and May 2012 map (PDF) (1pp, 454K) June 2012
- 2011 source area investigation (PDF) (401pp, 8.2MB) January 2012
- Interim Record of Decision (FINAL) (PDF) (52pp, 2.3MB) September 2011
- Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (42pp, 657K) April 2011
- City of St. Clair Shores - Sampling/Monitoring updates 2011
- Removal Action Technical Direction Document (PDF) (290pp, 2.8MB) June 2011
- Hazard Ranking System Document (PDF) (41pp, 1MB) March 2011
- Site Inspection Report (PDF) (387pp, 50MB) December 2009 - - please request on CD-ROM from the Community Involvement Coordinator
- Presentation: EPA’s Proposed Interim Cleanup Alternatives (Vaulted Manholes) (PDF) (45 pp, 2.5 MB) Dec. 12, 2013
- Proposed Plan Fact Sheet - Interim Plan Proposed for Cleanup of PCBs: Interim Plan Proposed for Cleanup of PCBs (PDF) (10 pp, 571K) November 2013
- Complete Ten Mile Drain Proposed Plan: TMD Proposed Plan 2013 Final (PDF) (41 pp, 4.21MB) November 2013
- Public Meeting presentation (PDF) (31pp, 10.8MB) March 25, 2013
- Ten Mile Drain Site History Timeline (PDF) (10pp, 1MB) March 6, 2012
- Ten Mile Drain Site Public Meeting (PDF) (45pp, 3.81MB) March 6, 2012
- Ten Mile Drain Site Public Meeting (PDF) (22pp, 3.2MB) Aug. 26, 2010