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Public Notice: Draft federal RCRA permit for GM Components Holdings Operations

Publish Date: 04/09/2019

Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending approval of plans for monitoring and removing groundwater contamination on- and off-site at the General Motors Components Holdings, (GMCH) Wyoming Operations facility in Wyoming, Mich. EPA is overseeing the monitoring and cleanup under the authority of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, to manage environmental cleanups at operating facilities. The cleanup activity is the pumping of contaminated groundwater with high-capacity wells at the property line of the GMCH facility.

Background

GMCH is a 96-acre automotive parts manufacturing plant located at 2100 Burlingame Ave. S.W. During 72 years of manufacturing history at the site, cutting oils and degreasing solvents have been released at a few locations around the facility. Under EPA oversight, GM has investigated these releases and installed systems to remove the contamination. Contaminated oils are being removed at two on-site locations. Three large pumping wells located along the property line near Burton Street are removing groundwater contaminated with solvent. The oily contamination is confined to limited areas within the GMCH property and is being removed, so the pollution currently presents no risk to human health or the environment.

The original on-site source of chlorinated solvent released to groundwater has been removed, and levels of dissolved solvent in groundwater have been naturally decreasing over time. Dissolved solvent has moved off-site into groundwater beneath Burton Street to where the plume ends at Rathbone Street.

Proposed Plan Approval

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending approval of plans for monitoring and removing groundwater contamination on- and off-site

Facility:   GM Components Holdings Operations, Wyoming, Michigan                                                    

Applicant or Respondent

Blandin/Allete MN Power
Rapid Energy Center
Grand Rapids, MN

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