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Production Rubber Products (Paw Paw, Van Buren County)

EGLE Site Lead: Erica Bays, Bayse@Michigan.gov or 269-350-0080. Webpage last updated: May 12, 2021.

Background

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.

Production Rubber Products Map

Recent Accomplishments

  • 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.
  • 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.

Next Steps

  • EGLE is working with their contractor, DLZ Michigan, Inc., to develop a plan to delineate the extent of PFAS contamination in groundwater.

Residential Well Testing/Alternate Water Information

  • There are no residential wells in close proximity or downgradient from the site.

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 15, 2021 8 2
*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).

Sampling Notes

  • None at this time.