$8.1M waste cleanup at Muskegon-area plant

Muskegon County

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The federal government and a now-defunct military contractor will spend millions to clean up decades-old soil contamination just outside of Muskegon.

The property in question, 170 acres off S. Getty street south of Business 31, used to be owned by Teledyne, also known as TDY Industries.

The  Michigan Department of Environmental Quality  says PCBs, arsenic, cyanide, mercury and other chemicals were left behind in the soil from the manufacture of tank parts between November 1942 and March 1996.

In federal court filings earlier this year, the state said it had reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense, TDY and current property owner L3 Technologies, to clean up the site.

>>PDF: MDEQ complaint | Cleanup agreement

The cleanup is expected to cost $8.1 million. The DOD is expected to be about $6 million of that. It’s unclear how long it will take, but an agreement outlining the project says 24 quarterly reports should be submitted — that works out to six years.

L3, which makes combat propulsion systems, bought the property in 2004. In a statement provided to 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday, the company said the “prior owners/operators are responsible for remediation under MDEQ oversight, and this work is ongoing.”

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