Updated: August 3, 2020
Brighton Township Dump located on Corlett Drive is a historic dump that accepted wastes during the 1960s and into the early 1970s. The dump was closed in 1973 without covering or removing wastes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) removed approximately 200 drums and 450 cubic yards of visibly contaminated soil from a ravine near the center of the facility. In 1996, monitoring wells were installed using state funds. In 2002, the State of Michigan removed highly contaminated soil bordering the south wetland. In 2009, the State of Michigan and Brighton Township entered into a consent decree. Brighton Township agreed to pay a portion of past costs incurred by the State of Michigan in exchange for conducting response activities at the dump that included methane monitoring, monitoring well groundwater sampling and annual sampling of residential wells near the dump for a 10-year period if performance objectives were met. The consent decree did not provide for conducting response activities to address emerging contaminants such as PFAS.
Brighton Township agreed to extend the sampling period in 2019 to evaluate volatile organic compound contamination that was found to have entered an adjacent property. On May 14, 2020, five monitoring wells were sampled by Brighton Township’s consultant for volatile organic compounds only. EGLE staff collected groundwater samples for PFAS analysis. The sampled monitoring wells are near the wetlands and the residential well on the adjacent property.
There are nine residential wells surround the landfill, one residential well is near two monitoring wells where PFOA and PFOS were detected. PFOS was detected below criteria in both the shallow and deep monitoring wells.
Ground water flows to the northwest, and seasonally, in the southeast corner of the landfill, flows to the east.
Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information
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Type of Sample
Number of Sample Results Received
Number of Samples Above PFOS Criteria
Number of Samples Above PFOA Criteria
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*Groundwater results are compared to EGLE Part 201 Criteria of PFOS 16 ppt and PFOA 8 ppt.
None at this time.