Diamond Chrome ends use of TCE in its degreasing process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 27, 2019
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-assist@michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Diamond Chrome Plating has informed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) that it will no longer use trichloroethylene (TCE) and is removing the compound from its Howell facility.

EGLE – in collaboration with partners the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Livingston County Health Department, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – is committed to thoroughly reviewing alternatives proposed by the company in order to ensure protection of public health and the environment.

Previous air sampling last week found high levels of TCE in the area around the Diamond Chrome Plating facility at 604 S. Michigan Ave., creating a public health hazard. Following a notice to cease releases of TCE from the facility on November 18, 2019, Diamond Chrome stopped operation of its degreaser, the suspected source of the TCE emissions.

To stay up to date on Diamond Chrome developments, visit Michigan.gov/DiamondChrome.

For health-related questions, call MDHHS at 800-648-6942.

For environment-related questions, call EGLE at 800-662-9278

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