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Georgia Pacific Corporation (Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County)

EGLE Site Lead: Erica Bays, BaysE@Michigan.gov or 269-350-0080. Webpage last updated February 7, 2020.

Background

This site is a former Georgia-Pacific (GP) property located at 2425 King Highway and consisted of six mills.  This property has gone through several ownership changes since the mid 1800’s when the mill was originally established by Wolverine Paper Company.  In 1967, GP purchased five mills (three paper and two coating) and the mill located in the eastern portion of the site was purchased in 1978. The GP mill property was sampled for PFAS due to the probable use of PFAS in the paper manufacturing process, the site’s location within the city of Kalamazoo Wellhead Protection Area, downgradient from the city well field, and PFAS results from the adjoining Nolichucky Site.

Groundwater flow is to the west; the site is located on the Kalamazoo River.

Georgia Pacific Corporation Map

Recent Accomplishments

  • In September 2019, EGLE’s contractor DLZ, collected 33 samples from the site which included soil boring, monitoring well, and surface water samples.
  • On October 10, 2019, EGLE received the results from the September sampling event.  The highest PFOS + PFOA groundwater result was 201.1 ppt from a soil boring sample. 

Next Steps

  • In February 2020, EGLE will engage with the liable party regarding the onsite groundwater contamination.
  • Coordination on the investigation will continue between EGLE, MDHHS, the city of Kalamazoo, and Kalamazoo County Health Department.

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • Surrounding residents are connected to municipal water.

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

Oct 2019 32 32 7 19 6
Surface Water Sep 2019 4 4 0 4 0

*Groundwater results are compared to EGLE Part 201 Criteria of 70 ppt PFOS+PFOA.
*Surface water samples are compared to Rule 57 non-drinking water values of 12 ppt for PFOS and 12,000 ppt for PFOA.

Sampling Notes

  • N/A