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1421 Kalamazoo Street (South Haven, Van Buren County)

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EGLE site lead

Rachel Golota, or 269-370-2404.


The 1421 Kalamazoo Street property is located in the city of South Haven and occupies approximately 31.9 acres of land. The property has hosted various forms of businesses including a horse and buggy track, metal production companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Groundwater samples were collected from the property as part of a baseline environmental assessment (BEA) that was submitted to EGLE. The BEA included information of an aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) containing PFAS that was used during a fire drill in the mid- to late-2000s. The foam was used within a diked area and pumped to the onsite wastewater treatment system prior to being discharged to the municipal sanitary sewer. The AFFF used, Ansulite, contains several PFAS, including PFOA and PFOS. The highest groundwater result was 150 ppt PFOS (compared to 16 ppt).

The groundwater generally flows to the west towards Lake Michigan.

Content posted February 2023.

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Drinking water

The city of South Haven provides municipal water to their residents. EGLE, DHHS, and local health are evaluating residential wells in the area and will sample some residential drinking water wells located in South Haven Township near the site. These residents were contacted by EGLE and offered free PFAS testing.

Anticipated activities

EGLE will work to determine the liable party and ask that additional soil and groundwater investigation be conducted to delineate the extent of PFAS contamination.