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Michner Plating Angling Road (Jackson, Jackson County)

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Please contact the Site Lead for the most up-to-date status of this site.

EGLE site lead

Zach McCurley,, or 517-290-2555.


The Michner Plating Angling Road site is located at 1725 Angling Road, Jackson in Jackson County and comprises approximately five acres. The site was previously owned/operated by Michner Plating Company as a zinc electro-plating facility, which operated until 2015. A prior occupant also conducted plating operations at the site before 1980.  The site is currently occupied by three vacant industrial buildings and is owned by Jackson County through tax foreclosure in May 2015.  The facility received numerous hazardous waste and pollution discharge violations over time.

From December 2015 to June 2016, the U.S. EPA removed numerous hazardous waste containers. Additional cleanup was done by EPA after EGLE conducted sampling that showed volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals on site.

In October 2022, EGLE sampled groundwater for PFAS to evaluate the site for potential listing as a Superfund site. Four sets of monitoring wells were installed, two of which exceeded groundwater cleanup criteria, the highest of which was 11,000 ppt PFOS (compared to 16 ppt), 120 ppt PFOA (compared to 8 ppt) and 62 ppt PFHxS (compared to 51 ppt).

Most of the nearby residents get their drinking water from the City of Jackson. The city's water treatment plant and municipal well field are adjacent to and south of this site. Past sampling results of the municipal wells were non-detect for PFAS, but out of abundance of caution, the city has agreed to collect quarterly drinking water samples from the water plant intake for at least a year to test for PFAS. In addition, due to the age of the municipal wells, limited information about construction details and potential for contamination to seep from shallow to deep groundwater, EGLE is planning to work with the City to sample the individual municipal supply wells.

Groundwater flow direction has not been confirmed and has been inconsistent based on historical data reviewed. The Grand River and wetland areas adjoin the site to the north and west.

Content posted May 2023.

Site map

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Drinking water

EGLE, DHHS, and local health evaluated private drinking water well logs to determine which private water supply wells needed to be sampled. Up to six properties with water supply water wells will be sampled during the spring of 2023.

Anticipated activities

EPA is determining if this site will be listed as a Superfund site. EGLE is planning an investigation of the nature and extent of contamination at the site with state funds. The work is anticipated to include sampling monitoring wells and delineating contamination.