"Toxic Vapor Tests Lag For Thousands Of Michigan Sites"

"276 Michiganians were ushered or barred from homes and other sites due to possible cancerous fumes. People were relocated from sites in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Sturgis, according to the state."

"STURGIS — Daniel Arroyo has lived in this southwest Michigan town for nearly 20 years, unaware his family has been near some of the country’s most polluted land until toxic fumes forced state officials in 2016 to evacuate their house.

The 67-year-old factory worker’s family lives less than a football field away from a pump that extracts and cleans a toxic metalworking chemical from a groundwater plume. It is a Superfund site, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is helping with cleanup because of excessive pollution.

Air inside the Arroyo family home tested for unsafe levels of trichloroethylene, or TCE vapors, detected after a five-year federally required Superfund review recommended the state do the test."

Michael Gerstein reports for the Detroit News February 7, 2018.


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Source: Detroit News, 02/08/2018