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Paw Paw Plating Site

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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
Tricia Edwards (edwards.tricia@epa.gov)

Michigan Department od Natural Resources and Environment
David Heywood (heywoodd1@michigan.gov)
Cell: 269-779-3900


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Paw Paw Plating
609 West Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan


Paw Paw Plating started as a custom electroplating operation in the 1950s and stopped operating in  December 2009. Cadmimum, chromium, silver, gold, nickel copper and cyanide were used in the electroplating process. The company also performed metal processing such as machining, polishing and painting.  Trichlorethylene (TCE) was the metal degreaser primarly used at the site for this process. There are a variety of hazardous materials remaining in the building includeing plating baths containing heavy metals, drums of plating feed stocks, drums of hazarardous waste, and a number of different size containers with a wide variety of chemical compounds.

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October 2012

EPA will excavate contaminated soil at the former Paw Paw Plating Co. property located at 139 Commercial Ave. The soil will be transported off-site and disposed of in a licensed landfill. Cleanup work at the site will be completed in October. EPA started cleanup work in February 2011. All materials remaining in the electroplating building were removed and transported off-site for disposal. Equipment used in plating operations was dismantled and this summer the building was demolished by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


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