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2440 West Highland Road – Upland Area of the Shiawassee River Superfund Site (Howell, Livingston County)
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Content posted March 2022.
EGLE Site Lead
Mary B. Schafer, SchaferM2@Michigan.gov or517-582-1663
2440 W Highland Road is the location of Lucy Road Resources, a property adjacent to the Shiawassee River and part of the Shiawassee River Superfund site. The site is the original source of the PCBs to the Shiawassee River and ongoing contribution of PCBs is suspected. The property has a long history of manufacturing activities. A 2010 baseline environmental assessment showed TCE in the groundwater at the site. EPA secured a contractor to perform a site investigation focused primarily on PCBs and TCE. Groundwater was also sampled for PFAS. PFOA was detected in all 15 wells and concentrations ranged from 0.72 ppt to 27ppt. Four locations were above criteria. Additional PFAS substances were detected in groundwater below criteria.
The site is bounded by wetlands to the north and east, the Shiawassee River to the west, and West Highland Road/M-59 to the south, with wetlands beyond. Regional groundwater flow is primarily to the northwest from Howell. Groundwater near the site generally flows west to the Shiawassee River. There are residential developments to the south and east and a new residential development to the west, with the Livingston County Airport located just beyond. The river flows through mostly residential lots and there is evidence of kayaking and fishing activities.
Drinking Water Information
The area is supplied with municipal water from the Marion, Howell, Osceola and Genoa system. Out of an abundance of caution, EGLE staff are working with State and local health departments to develop a short list of residential wells to sample.
EGLE will be meeting with EPA to discuss the results from this site and next steps.