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Adams Plating Superfund Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Cheryl Allen (allen.cheryl@epa.gov)
312-353-6196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36196

Remedial Project Manager
Pablo Valentin (valentin.pablo@epa.gov)
312-353-2886 or 800-621-8431, ext. 32886

On-Scene Coordinator
Jeffrey Lippert (lippert.jeffrey@epa.gov)

MDEQ Project Manager
Mary B. Schafer (schaferm2@michigan.gov)


(where to view written records)

Lansing Public Library
401 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI

Charter Township of Lansing
3209 W. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI


The 1-acre Adams Plating site is at 521 Rosemary St. on the west side of Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan. The site is in a mixed commercial and residential block. There are approximately 530 residences within a five-block area of the site bounded by Rosemary Street, Michigan Avenue, Saginaw Street and Bon Air Road.

The Adams Plating Co. began doing chrome, nickel and copper electroplating in 1964. In 1989, the area was placed on the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites, making it eligible for cleanup under the EPA Superfund program.  Waste disposal practices prior to 1980 led to contamination of surrounding soil and ground water. A Superfund cleanup in 1994 removed contaminated soil, placed vertical barriers to prevent recontamination of the clean fill dirt, restricted well use and installed monitoring wells to check whether the soil removal was helping reduce ground water pollution. Then the site entered a long-term maintenance phase, and MDEQ assumed oversight from EPA. Fire destroyed the building in December 2010.

Superfund sites are reviewed every five years to make sure the cleanup continues to protect human health and the environment. The latest five-year review completed last summer, before the fire, showed the 1994 cleanup activities remained effective.

Site Updates || Five-Year Reviews

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Site Updates

May 2011

EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality responded to the fire at the former plating facility in late December 2010 and did an emergency cleanup of chemicals moving off the site as a result of the fire. EPA and MDEQ immediately contained the runoff, vacuumed five catch basins, removed contaminated snow and decontaminated two residential basements.

In late February, the EPA began further work on the site, which should be completed by early summer. The cleanup includes demolishing the main building and disposing of contaminated debris; sampling chemicals, soil and underground water (ground water); disposing of hazardous chemicals; and removing contaminated soil. Based on the ground-water sampling, EPA will decide how to stop contaminated water from entering two nearby homes.

Once this cleanup is complete, the EPA will determine if additional work needs to be done at the site.

EPA and MDEQ representatives will hold a public meeting to discuss the cleanup, sampling results and any future activities at the Adams Plating Co. site. Date: Thursday, May 12 Time: 7 p.m. Place: Charter Township of Lansing Township Hall, 3209 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing

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