Ionia County, Saranac, Lacks Industries - Saranac

Updated: November 13, 2019

Interactive Map Graphic for Lacks Industries - Saranac PFAS Site

Background

This site is located at 6138 Riverside Drive in Saranac, Michigan. The site is a former metal plating facility and producer of plastic parts. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) proactively tested this plating facility due to historical groundwater contamination.

Recent Accomplishments

  • None at this time.

Next Steps

  • Based on the sampling results, EGLE staff will evaluate sample coverage and direct the facility to sample additional wells as necessary.

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • Not applicable; review of available information does not indicate the presence of private wells downgradient from the source, nor any drinking water intakes on the Grand River within Ionia County.
  • EGLE has sampled all municipal water supplies for PFAS. View the results for the village of Saranac.

Upcoming Community Engagement

  • None scheduled at this time.
Sampling: PFOS and PFOA Only

Type of Sample

Date Sampled

# of Samples

# of Results Received

# of Non-detects

# Between Non-detect and standard*

# > Standard

Groundwater

Sep 2018 -
Mar 2019
18 18 12 2 4
Cumulative   18 18 12 2 4



*Groundwater results are compared to EGLE Part 201 Criteria of 70 ppt PFOS+PFOA.

Sampling notes

  • Other PFAS analytes were detected in samples. There are no federal or state standards for these analytes.

Lacks Industries – Saranac Historical Timeline

This site is located at 6138 Riverside Drive in Saranac. This is currently a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)-lead Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C corrective action facility that conducted plating operations historically. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will become the lead agency in February 2019. Historically, plating operations were carried out at the site.

Review of available information does not indicate the presence of private wells downgradient from the source, nor any drinking water intakes on the Grand River within Ionia County.

  • On September 7, 2018, EGLE collected 2 groundwater samples alongside Lacks Industries to analyze for PFAS.
  • On September 14, 2018, EGLE received the results from the groundwater sampling. The highest values were 2,270 ppt PFOS+PFOA and 2,340 ppt Total Tested PFAS. Based upon those results, EGLE expedited the Community Water Supply sampling of the Village of Saranac’s municipal wells, as they are located beside the plume.
  • On September 27, 2018, EGLE sampled the Village of Saranac’s municipal wells.
  • On October 10, 2018, EGLE received the results from the municipal sampling. The water supply had no detections of any PFAS compounds.
  • On October 12, 2018, to verify the operating understanding that groundwater discharges to the Grand River, Lacks sampled their three monitoring wells across the Grand River due west of the site.EGLE took split samples on two of the three wells.
  • On November 8, 2018, EGLE received the results from the October sampling.None of the wells had any detections of any PFAS compounds.
  • EGLE directed Lacks Industries to create a sampling plan for PFAS to be incorporated into their next quarterly groundwater sampling event.
  • On February 28, EGLE responded to a February 27, 2019 contact from the Ionia County Health Department to verify that there are no other drinking water receptors within the plume.
  • On February 28th the EGLE released an online interactive map for the site.
  • Lacks sampled the following groundwater wells along the river:
    • 3/25/2019 MW-32 S & D and MW-22 S & D
    • 3/26/2019:  MW-38 S, D & DD, MW-34, MW-35 S & D
    • 3/27/2019 MW-24 and MW-25 S & D 
  • The March 2019 groundwater sampling results wer received and plotted on the live map on this page.