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Velsicol Burn Pit Superfund Site

Site Information

Velsicol Burn Pit

Gratiot County Landfill

Velsicol Chemical Corporation (Michigan) Site

Contact Information

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

Remedial Project Manager
Jena Sleboda Braun
312-886-0272 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60272

State Contact
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
Dan Rockafellow (rockafellowd@michigan.gov) 517-284-5143


(where to view written records)

T.A. Cutler Memorial Library
312 Michigan Ave,
St. Louis, MI

Formerly known as Gratiot County Golf Course

See also Velsicol Chemical Corp. (Michigan) Superfund site


The Velsicol burn Pit site (formerly known as the Gratiot County Golf Course site) consists of approximately five acres of land in St. Louis, Michigan. The site lies east of the Hidden Oaks Golf Course on Monroe Road. From 1956 until 1970, the Michigan Chemical Corporation, which was later purchased by the Velsicol Chemical Corporation, burned and disposed of industrial waste, including the pesticide DDT, on the site. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of hazardous waste were disposed of on the site. Waste seeped from the site into the nearby Pine River, which is used for recreational activities. The burn pit site was first proposed to the National Priorities List, or NPL, in 1982. At that time, Velsicol removed 68,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. As a result, the proposed NPL listing was cancelled. However, in 2006, additional soil and ground-water contamination was discovered and EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality again proposed the site be listed and it was finally placed on the National Priorities List in March, 2010. As a result, the site is now eligible for federal cleanup funding.

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Site Updates

March 2012

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has completed a Remedial Investigation for the Velsicol Chemical Corp. main plant site, which also included an investigation of the Velsicol Burn Pit Site. EPA and MDEQ are now determining if additional data for the site is needed. If so, more sampling and analysis will occur. The EPA and MDEQ will then perform a Feasibility Study to determine what cleanup options are available. After the cleanup options are fully evaluated, a cleanup plan will be proposed for the burn pit site.

News Releases

Technical Documents

Five-Year Reviews

Gratiot County Landfill - MID980506281

Velsicol Chemical Corporation Site - MID000722439

Legal Agreements

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