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Former Keeler Brass - Godfrey Ave (Grand Rapids, Kent County)

EGLE Site Lead: Peter Van Heest, VanHeestP@Michigan.gov or 616-439-8019. Webpage last updated November 12, 2020.

Background

The Former Keeler Brass – Godfrey Avenue plant located at 955 and 945 Godfrey Avenue SW, operated from circa 1902 to 2007. The former plant is in an industrial corridor in the City of Grand Rapids. Past operations at this plant included a foundry and metal plating. Previous sampling had detected high levels of chlorinated volatile organic compounds and other contaminants in the sub-surface at this site. Due to the history of metal plating at this site, EGLE collected groundwater samples for PFAS analysis from three existing monitoring wells on the property in August 2020.

Groundwater flow has not been measured but is estimated to flow roughly along Godfrey Ave. and north towards the Grand River.

Former Keeler Brass - Godfrey Ave Map

Recent Accomplishments

  • On August 19, 2020, EGLE received the PFAS sample results. Of the samples collected from the three groundwater monitoring wells, the highest detection of PFOS was 2,060 ppt and the highest detection of PFOA was 21.1 ppt.

Next Steps

  • EGLE is gathering more information and is pursuing escalated enforcement in conjunction with the Department of Attorney General.

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • Properties in the area are serviced by municipal water. Kent County Health Department has confirmed that no drinking water wells are known to be in the area.

Upcoming Community Engagement

  • None scheduled at this time.

Sampling Results Summary: PFOS and PFOA Only

Type of Sample

Date Sampled (or Range)

Number of Sample Results Received

Number of Samples Above PFOS Criteria

Number of Samples above PFOA Criteria 

Groundwater

August 10, 2020 3 3 2
Cumulative   3 3 2

*Groundwater results are compared to EGLE Part 201 Criteria of PFOS 16 ppt and PFOA 8 ppt.

Sampling Notes

  • None at this time.