Shiawasee County, Owosso, Partz Corporation

Updated: January 14, 2020

Partz Corporation Monitoring Well PFAS Sample Locations Oct 2019Background

The Partz Corporation property is located at 1232 West Main Street, the location of a former plating operation that was destroyed by fire in December 1992. The fire resulted in fluids from approximately 24 plating tanks used in operations released to the basement floor and/or environment. In 1993, EGLE (formerly the DEQ) removed and disposed of non-hazardous debris from the fire and stabilized the property. The U.S. EPA followed EGLE’s actions with the removal of all hazardous waste containers, liquids, and sludge. The property has been vacant since the 1992 fire and was purchased in 2018 by a local resident.

The Shiawassee River is located approximately 850 feet northeast of the property. The Chipman Drain, a closed storm water drainage system, crosses the property and discharges to the Shiawassee River. The city of Owosso sanitary sewer system also crosses the property.  Groundwater flows to the north towards the Shiawassee River. It is currently unknown if groundwater from the site is entering the Chipman Drain or sanitary sewer system.

Recent Accomplishments

  • On December 17-19, 2019, eight (8) additional monitoring wells were installed on the Partz Corporation property. 
  • On January 7-9, 2020, sampling occurred of the existing monitoring wells, newly installed monitoring wells, sanitary sewer system, and Chipman Drain. 

Next Steps

  • In early February 2020, the analytical results from the January 7-9, 2020 sampling event are expected to be received by EGLE.
  • EGLE will be working with The Mannik Smith Group to evaluate the data to determine the next step.
  • In April 2020, second quarter sampling of monitoring wells, sanitary sewer system, and Chipman Drain will be conducted.

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • The property and surrounding area are serviced by municipal water; drinking water in the area is municipal from the city of Owosso.
  • The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has sampled all municipal water supplies for PFAS. View the results for the city of Owosso. 

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

Monitoring Wells

Sep 5, 2018 3 3 1 0 2

Cumulative

  3 3 1 0 2

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

Sampling notes

  • None at this time.

Partz Corporation Historical Timeline

Partz Corporation property is located at 1232 West Main Street, the location of a former plating operation that was destroyed by fire in December 1992. The fire resulted in fluids from approximately 24 plating tanks used in operations released to the basement floor and/or environment. In 1993, EGLE (formerly the DEQ) removed and disposed of non-hazardous debris from the fire and stabilized the property. The U.S. EPA followed EGLE’s actions with the removal of all hazardous waste containers, liquids, and sludge. The property has been vacant since the 1992 fire and was purchased in 2018 by a local resident. The Shiawassee River is located approximately 850 feet northeast of the property. The Chipman Drain, a closed storm water drainage system, crosses the property and discharges to the Shiawassee River. The city of Owosso sanitary sewer system also crosses the property.  Groundwater flows to the north towards the Shiawassee River. It is currently unknown if groundwater from the site is entering the Chipman Drain or sanitary sewer system.

  • On September 5, 2019, EGLE’s contractor Mannik Smith Group, collected 3 groundwater samples from recently installed on-site monitoring wells.
  • On September 27, 2019, EGLE received the results for the 3 samples collected.  Two of the samples collected were above Part 201 Criteria; the highest PFOS+PFOA groundwater result was 449 ppt. EGLE notified Shiawassee County Health Department.
  • On October 4, 2019, the city of Owosso was notified of the sampling results.
  • October 25, 2019, the Shiawassee County Drain Commission and Friends of the Shiawassee River were notified of the sampling results.