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Production Rubber Products (Paw Paw, Van Buren County)
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Production Rubber Products (PRP), located at 153 Commercial Street in Paw Paw, is a former rubber product manufacturing facility which operated from the 1950s until 2009. As part of PRP's manufacturing processes a degreaser was utilized to degrease parts.
PFAS were detected on the adjacent facility, Paw Paw Plating. In an effort to use existing wells to delineate the extent of PFAS contamination in groundwater at Paw Paw Plating, and due to the possibility of PFAS having been used in the manufacturing/degreasing processes at PRP, EGLE sampled for PFAS in existing groundwater monitoring wells at the PRP's facility.
Groundwater flow direction at the site is generally to the west, towards the South Branch of the Paw Paw River. There are no drinking water wells in the vicinity, so the primary receptor is the Paw Paw River. Groundwater is known to vent to the river.
Content posted May 2021.
There are no residential wells in close proximity or downgradient from the site.
EGLE is working with their contractor, DLZ Michigan, Inc., to develop a plan to delineate the extent of PFAS contamination in groundwater.
- On March 29, 2020, EGLE notified the state and local health departments and the Village of Paw Paw of the groundwater monitoring well sample results.
- On March 15, 2021, EGLE's contractor, DLZ Michigan, Inc. sampled eight groundwater monitoring wells associated with the PRP site for PFAS.
- On March 23, 2021, EGLE received analytical results for the groundwater monitoring wells and two of the eight wells had concentrations of PFOA and/or PFOS that exceed the groundwater clean-up criteria.
Sampling Results Summary
Type of Sample
Date Sampled (or Range)
Numberof Sample Results Received
Number of Samples above Criteria*
Groundwater Monitoring Wells
March 15, 2021 8 2
- None at this time.