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Great Lakes AOCs

Restoring Torch Lake AOC (timeline)

Year Critical Actions

Quincy Smelter remedial actions are completed at the Torch Lake Superfund site. A nine-inch vegetative cover is placed over approximately six acres of stamp lands. MDEQ has been monitoring the parcel since September 2012.


MDEQ (MDNRE at the time) releases an updated BUI Restoration guide for each of the BUIs in the Michigan Areas of Concern.


An update to the RAP is published.

The first beneficial use impairment is removed.

  • Fish tumors or other deformities


Cleanup is completed at the Torch Lake Superfund site. EPA finished the project nearly $3 million under budget, at a cost of $12.3 million. Much toxic waste is removed and approximately 800 acres of land are cleaned, cleared, graded, and covered with clean soil and vegetation.


The Scales Creek “Moonscape” remedial project is completed. The focus of the project is to stabilize severely eroded stream banks. Top soil is applied, native grasses are planted, and a rock reef is constructed.


The stage I Remedial Action Plan is published.