EPA to hold open houses on ten-mile drain site.
Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 is holding open houses to update area residents and other interested parties on the spring field sampling work at the Ten-Mile Drain site in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Residents will be offered a chance to meet to meet one-on-one with local, state and federal environmental and health officials, Region 5 spokeswoman Jayna Legg said. The Ten-Mile Drain Site is located northeast of Detroit and on the western shore of Lake St. Clair. The site encompasses an area of several blocks where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been documented in "significant quantities" in an underground storm sewer drain system, EPA reports.
The 10-mile storm sewer system is approximately 15 feet underground and empties into two residential canal systems connected to Lake St. Clair. Soil and sediment in and around the sewer system are contaminated with PCBs, which also have been found in canals where the storm sewer discharges into Lake St. Clair. EPA and other agencies have been involved in several cleanups at the site since PCBs were discovered in 2002. However, the area has been recontaminated and the source of the PCBs has not been found, EPA reported.
The site was placed on the National Priorities List in 2010. Field sampling work to look for the source of the contamination is set to begin in April, Legg reported.
Contact: Jayna Legg, (312) 353-0562.