METAMORA TWP, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to expand a groundwater investigation at the Metamora Landfill Superfund site in Lapeer County.
The EPA is hosting a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, July 13 to provide an update and discuss the investigation with residents of the area, according to a news release from the EPA.
The Metamora Landfill Superfund site is a closed landfill located about 15 minutes south of Lapeer. It was an unregulated, privately-owned dump in the 1950s.
The landfill often received industrial and municipal waste until it closed in 1980, according to previous reporting. Those disposals contaminated the groundwater and soil with hazardous chemicals.
A further evaluation of groundwater contamination at the Metamora site was determined necessary after a five-year review of cleanup actions in 2019.
The levels of one contaminate in particular, 1,4-dioxane, must be evaluated to gauge the success of a 2001 operation to cap and let natural processed break down contaminants in the soil and groundwater, according to the release. The contaminate was detected in a residential well in 2006, then three other times since then.
Since Michigan upped its criteria for contamination cleanup in 2016, the Superfund site wells have tested above the new state limit for 1,4-dioxane, according to the release.
The Village of Metamora and a company called Water Infrastructure Holdings have signed on to an agreement for WIH to purchase water from the village in a mission to construct a water line to serve Metamora Township residents who are near the landfill site.
This construction process will likely take about a year, Village Clerk Tina Sauve told MLive-The Flint Journal.
She said this has been an ongoing effort for the community.
At one point, the village considered constructing and designing the water line in partnership with the township to serve the residents affected, Sauve said.
“We’ve been dealing with the settling parties for close to five or six years now — it has been a timely process,” she said. “I am glad we can get something going and hopefully they can get it constructed quickly to get residents some clean water.”
Metamora Township Supervisor Dave Best said he found out the meeting was taking place as everyone else did from the EPA news release.
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