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Former Fruitland Township Landfill (Fruitland Township, Muskegon County)

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

EGLE site lead

Matthew Pfister, or 616-485-1861.

Waste Disposal Questions

Please note that this landfill is CLOSED and does not accept waste. 


The former Fruitland Township Landfill is located at 5281 West Michillinda Road and operated from the 1950s to the 1970s.  Waste was historically placed in unlined trenches. Because of the potential for PFAS-containing waste materials to have been disposed of at the site, Fruitland Township performed an initial environmental investigation of the property in May 2023. The Township installed and sampled several groundwater monitoring wells around the former landfill. Sampling results identified PFAS compounds in groundwater above criteria in one of the groundwater monitoring wells. The highest detected PFOS concentration was 567.8 ppt and the highest detected PFOA concentration was 97.1 ppt. Based upon these results, Fruitland Township agreed to sample select drinking water wells at homes in the direction of groundwater flow near the former landfill.

Groundwater under the former landfill has been measured to flow towards the south-southwest. The nearest surface water body is Duck Creek, which is located approximately 0.7 miles south.

Content posted September 2023.

Site map

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Drinking water

Municipal water is not available in this area and all homes are serviced by private drinking water wells. Fruitland Township will be sampling drinking water wells at homes within the sample area on Nestrom Road, south of West Michillinda Road and north of Duck Creek. Sampling was scheduled to begin on September 15, 2023.

Anticipated activities

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will provide oversight as Fruitland Township samples drinking water wells near the former landfill in the direction of groundwater flow.