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Pickens Plating, Inc.

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext. 30628

Remedial Project Manager
Jeff Lippert

Michigan Attorney General
Michael Cox
PO Box 30212
Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Greff Brettmann




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Pickens Plating, Inc. (Pickens) was founded in 1963. The building was constructed in numerous phases with work occurring during 1963, 1966, 1973, and 1978. The original plating building was constructed in 1963. The Site has been a plating facility focusing mostly on nickel plating operations for the automotive industry since it opened. In 2009, Pickens ceased operations. At its peak, Pickens employed approximately 13 people. The property was tax reverted to Calhoun County on March 31, 2010.

U.S. EPA conducted an assessment at the Site on June 4, 2010. The site assessment entailed the collection of four liquid samples and one solid sample. Both the solid and liquid samples were analyzed for pH. Based on field observations, one of the liquid samples and one of the solid samples were selected to be analyzed for heavy metals. The building at the Site was found to contain uncontrolled hazardous wastes (containers labeled chromic acid, nitric acid, sodium hydroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and hydrofluoric acid). Numerous vats, drums, and small containers of various sizes were found opened and unlabeled both inside the buildings and around the grounds. U.S. EPA quantified containers on-site that could potentially contain over 100,000 gallons of uncontrolled and unidentified liquid wastes. Four waste liquid samples were collected yielding pH resuhs that are characteristically hazardous or TCLP levels that are characteristically toxic.

U.S. EPA documented Site conditions that included no perimeter fencing, a building roof that is in disrepair and leaking, and no site security, which could allow for trespassers, vandals, and thieves to gain access to the building and property.

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November 2013 Update

In January of 2010, EPA completed the cleanup of Pickens Plating in Albion, Michigan.  EPA removed and properly disposed of over 15,000 gallons of liquid hazardous waste and 360 cubic yards of non-hazardous solids from the former plating facility.  EPA conducted air monitoring throughout the removal and no sustained elevated readings were observed.


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