EGLE statement on preliminary EPA test results at Detroit Bulk Storage site

Jan. 9, 2020
Nick Assendelft, EGLE Public Information Officer,, 517-388-3135

Updated, 5:15pm, January 9, 2020

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is analyzing preliminary results of recent Environment Protection Agency soil and pond water sampling at the Detroit Bulk Storage site along the Detroit River, where an aggregate pile collapsed in November into the river.

The EPA testing detected several chemicals at the site but only one – lead in a single soil sample – exceeded EPA removal management levels, according to the EPA. The water samples were taken from ponded areas on the property.

The detection of many heavy metals including uranium was not unexpected. Previous testing by EGLE showed no radiation above background levels at each of more than 1,000 locations on the site, nor in river water upstream and downstream. Testing by the Great Lakes Water Authority after the collapse did not detect uranium in its downstream water intake.

EGLE’s analysis of the results and further discussions with the EPA will inform our next steps. EGLE intends to hold the site’s owner, Revere Dock LLC, and Detroit Bulk Storage accountable and ensure a cleanup that is protective of public health and the environment. EGLE is also in consultation with Revere about missing a Dec. 26 deadline to provide to EGLE and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a remediation plan to remove the collapsed aggregate material from the river.

Learn more about EGLE's work on this site.

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