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Tar Lake Superfund Site

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Contact Information

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

Remedial Project Manager
Thomas Bloom (bloom.thomas@epa.gov)
312- 886-1967

Site Manager
Mark Henry (henryma@state.mi.us)
Michigan DEQ

Local Contact
Gary Knapp
Community Development Coordinator
Mancelona Family Resource Center


(where to view written records)

Mancelona Public Library
202 West State Street
Mancelona, MI


The Tar Lake Site consists of a shallow 4-acre pond in Mancelona Township, Antrim County, Michigan. From the 1880s until 1944, Antrim Iron Co. disposed of wastes in the pond. The company's complex included a saw mill, chemical plant, iron extraction and smelting plant, and steel mill. As early as 1949, the State detected ground water contamination as far as 3 miles from the site. Sludge deposits in Tar Lake contain high concentrations of heavy metals and phenol. Analysis of area residential wells in 1980 detected lead and phenol.

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