Former McLouth Steel Corp Site - Southern Portion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) have finalized a legal agreement called a Settlement Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue with Crown Enterprises, Inc. and MSC Land Co., LLC (MSC). Under the terms of the settlement, MSC will do some cleanup on and assessment activities within the southern portion of the site. In exchange, MSC and Crown Enterprises, Inc., parties not responsible for the contamination on the property, received covenants not to sue. The covenants enable MSC to take title to 183 acres of the former McLouth Steel Corp facility from the Wayne County Land Bank. The settlement will foster redevelopment by allowing MSC to clarify their cleanup responsibilities while U.S. EPA investigates and later fully addresses existing contamination within the property. The steps to be taken by MSC mark the first, but not the final steps, in addressing conditions at the property.

To secure the covenants not to sue, the settlement requires MSC to do the following work in the southern portion of the site:

  • Demolish about 45 structures.
  • Remove asbestos-containing material, containerized wastes and materials containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) from all structures prior to demolition.
  • Install a fence around the property.
  • Remove contaminated water and sludges from 23 subsurface structures (pits, basements and lagoons), clean or remove the structures and, if the structures remain, fill them with clean fill materials.
  • Investigate five areas where PCBs may have been released.
  • Assess and report on options for stormwater management to eliminate uncontrolled flow to the Trenton Channel of the Detroit River.

To address environmental issues not covered by the settlement, U.S. EPA intends to propose the entire southern portion of the site, consisting of approximately 197 acres, for listing on the Superfund National Priorities List. Listing on the Superfund National Priorities List will make work within the southern portion eligible for federal funding.

For more information, you can read reports and documents published by the U.S. EPA.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Comment Period

The U.S. EPA held a public hearing on the proposed settlement agreement for the southern portion of the McLouth Steel Corp, LLC. corrective action on September 5, 2018.  The public comment period closed September 13, 2018.  On October 25,2018, the U.S. EPA, EGLE, and U.S. Department of Justice entered into a final Settlement Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue(PDF) with Crown Enterprises Inc. and MSC Land Co. LLC.   For a summary of the settlement, please see the U.S. EPA press release.  For comprehensive details on the U.S EPA and EGLE response to public comments, please see the Public Comment Responsiveness Summary.