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EB Eddy Paper / Domtar Paper (Port Huron, St. Clair County)

EGLE Site Lead: Kevin Wojciechowski, WojciechowskiK@Michigan.gov or 586-623-2948. Webpage last updated: March 16, 2022

Background

EB Eddy Paper, a subsidiary of Domtar Paper is located at 1700 Washington Avenue and manufactures and coats paper products.  On March 15, 2021, EGLE received a Notice of Migration form EB Eddy Paper stating that PFAS-contaminated groundwater had migrated off the site.  The company is looking to sell the property and business, and the investigation was conducted because of a possible property transaction.

Groundwater flow direction is regionally to the west towards the Black River, with more localized flow direction to the northwest in the northern portion of the property and to the southwest in the southern portion of the property.

EB Eddy Paper / Domtar Paper map

Recent Accomplishments

  • On March 15, 2021, EGLE received a Notice of Migration form EB Eddy Paper stating that PFAS-contaminated groundwater had migrated off the site.  Six monitoring wells were sampled and all six exceeded criteria.  The highest result was 2,100 ppt PFOA.
  • On December 1, 2021, EGLE issued a Compliance Communication requiring a Short-Term Storm Water Characterization Study at the property.  
  • On January 25, 2022, Domtar submitted the Short-Term Storm Water Characterization Study plan.  EGLE approved the plan on February 3, 2022.

Next Steps

  • In March 2022, EGLE will be sending a Part 201 Information Request Letter to EB Eddy Paper.
  • E.B. Eddy Paper/Domtar Paper is in the process of conducting a Short-Term Storm Water Characterization Study to characterize storm water discharges to the Black River.  Results are expected the end of April/early May.

Residential Well/Alternate Water

  • The paper plant property is located in downtown Port Huron where municipal water is provided. EGLE is working with MDHHS and St. Clair County Health Department to confirm there are no drinking water wells nearby. 

Upcoming Community Engagement

  • None scheduled at this time.

Sampling Results Summary

Type of Sample

Date Sampled
(or range)

Number of Sample
Results Received

Number of Samples
above Criteria*

Groundwater
Monitoring Wells
< March 2021 6 6

* Residential well and groundwater monitoring well results are compared to EGLE Part 201 criteria for 7 PFAS compounds effective 12/21/2020:  PFOS (16 ppt), PFOA (8 ppt), PFNA (6 ppt), PFHxS (51 ppt), PFHxA (400,000 ppt), PFBS (420 ppt), and HFPO-DA (370 ppt).
*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

  • 10 Rock Bass were collected in Black River downstream of Domtar. PFOS concentrations range from 25.1 - 256 ppb.  A consumption advisory will be issued for Rock Bass from the Black River, downstream of Fords Dam.  For more information on consumption advisories, visit Michigan.gov/EatSafeFish.