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Detroit Tubular Rivet Co.

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (leon.heriberto@epa.gov)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163

On-Scene Coordinator
Brian Kelly

Michigan DEQ
Joe DeGrazia


(where to view written records)

Bacon Memorial District Library
45 Vinewood
Wyandotte, MI 48192


Detroit Tubular Rivet, Inc. (DTR), 1213 Grove Street, Wyandotte, MI, is a single-story, 53,000 square foot building, and several concrete parking and undeveloped grassy areas. The surrounding area is mixed light industrial and residential, bordered by Grove Street and industrial properties to the north, industrial properties and railroad tracks to the east, industrial properties to the south, and 14th Street, residences, and Monroe Elementary School to the west.

DTR manufactured bolts, nuts, rivets and washers, specializing in metal rivets and operated zinc and brass electroplating services from 1954 until filling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on December 17, 2010.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality asked EPA to undertake cleanup work at the site. A MDEQ legal notice sent to the company listed 16 hazardous and liquid industrial waste violations including failure to minimize the possibility of fire, explosion or release of hazardous waste. According to the notice, the violations could threaten human health and the environment. Among other issues, officials cited the company for failure to maintain hazardous waste containers in good condition and for sloppy waste handling.

Between May 21 and June 20, 2012, the EPA secured, sampled, segregated, and arranged for the off-site disposal of drums and containers of waste; vacuumed and cleaned the plating trenches located in the building; and dismantled and sent for disposal the overhead ventilation system, which had been caked with caustic residue.

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July 2012

Prior to the start of removal operations, the EPA held a public meeting to discuss cleanup work with area residents. The meeting was held at the Department of Public Service Building, 4201 13th Street, Wyandotte, Michigan.

The project is now deemed completed as of July 2, 2012.

April 2012

EPA responders inspected the property on January 30, 2012, and found 300 drums, totes, and small containers. Some of the containers were sampled and found to contain cyanide, acids and methylene chloride. All of these are considered hazardous substances. The building is abandoned and there are signs of trespassing. EPA staff concluded the site poses an “imminent and substantial threat to human health and the environment.” That conclusion allows the Agency to legally and quickly clean up the pollution.

EPA officials say the emergency cleanup will start in mid-May and take about 4-8 weeks. EPA plans to identify the substances and remove the hazardous ones for off-site disposal. Additional cleanup activities may include securing the site and monitoring the air along the edges of the property during the cleanup. EPA officials estimate the removal action will cost $200,000.

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