McLouth cleanup continues; violations addressed and handled, officials say

The long, involved demolition and cleanup of the former McLouth Steel site in Trenton led to violations of asbestos removal recently, but those issues have been addressed and public is not at risk, said state Rep. Darrin Camilleri.

Camilleri represents the 23rd District, which includes Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, Woodhaven and Brownstown, his hometown. During a recent coffee hour the representative held in Woodhaven, some people asked questions about the violations and the cleanup, he said.

“People are still watching what’s happening there,” Camilleri said. “I think a lot of people are still concerned. The EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and MDEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) have indicated that they’re satisfied.”

The cited violations took place during the removal of contaminated materials, and involved friable (easily crumbled into a powder) asbestos. The former McLouth site is now owned by Crown Enterprise Inc. and MSC Land Co. LLC. The owners hired 1st Century Salvage and Next Generation Environmental Inc., to do the demolition work.

The violations were discovered Jan. 22 by MDEQ monitors, Camilleri said. The agency has stated that it found no air pollution due to the violations. Mechanical air monitors on the site have not detected problems.

Camilleri urged residents to be observant as the demolition and cleanup continue for the next few years.

“If people see issues, they can contact my office, the MDEQ and EPA,” he said.

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