Leachate from Abandoned Dumps
from Abandoned Dumps
Improperly disposed of industrial, commercial and residential waste
has the potential of leaking heavy metals, toxins and other pollutants
into surface and ground water. This occurs because these pollutants
are dumped in areas that are not lined to prevent leaching. It also
occurs when the river banks erode and expose refuse in old dump sites.
A survey of 18 abandoned dump sites did find some leachate seeps,
gas seeps, stressed vegetation and insufficient cover over the waste.
Rouge Project is working to identify these abandoned dumps, thereby
allowing them to enter into the proper regulatory process discussed
These sites of environmental contamination are addressed by
various programs of the Remediation and Redevelopment Division
(RRD) of the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The RRD
administers Part 201, Environmental Remediation, of the Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Act, 1994 Public Act 451, as amended,
(formerly known as
Act 307) and portions of the federal Superfund program established
under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,
and Liability Act (CERCLA). Within these programs, the RRD conducts
and cleanup activities at contaminated sites throughout the state.
The RRD reviews and approves site cleanup plans and oversees
the cleanup process at many cleanups performed by private parties.
and facilitate the redevelopment of contaminated urban
sites, the RRD provides a wide range of site redevelopment services.
Services include grant and loan funding for local units of government
for investigations and cleanup actions, site re-use consultation,
generic cleanup options based on future land use, and provisions
innocent parties from liability for pre-existing contamination,
including review of baseline environmental assessments and due care
To obtain more information about the ERD programs please click
here to go to their web site.
MDEQ has many interactive and data driven lists that can be accessed
by clicking on Environmental
Online Services. These online lists will
show locations of such things as the Part 201 hazardous waste sites,
leaking underground storage tanks, hazardous waste treatment, storage,
and disposal facilities in Michigan and their status, Superfund sites,
etc. These lists, available by county, are kept current by MDEQ and
therefore provide the latest available information.
of Waste Disposal Sites in the Rouge River Watershed" was
prepared by the Rouge Project Office in 1994. The report is a
summary of data on waste disposal sites along the
Rouge River in Wayne and Oakland counties. A total of 112 active
landfills and dumps were located. Additional information can be found
on the website under Contaminated Sites.
To learn more about the
Rouge Project's abandoned dump sites evaluation and guidance
click on the technical reports listed here:
Leachate from Abandoned Dumps
- Abandoned Dump Site Process
Site Survey Summaries-Garden City Park, Joy Road Site, Maybury State
Park, Sims Road Site
- Abandoned Dump
Sites Evaluation and Guidance
Dump Sites Field Survey Summary
Reconnaissance Plan for Abandoned Fill Survey
for Closure of Abandoned Dump Sites
for Abandoned Dumps in the Rouge River Watershed
for Evaluating Abandoned Dump Sites Field Sampling Plan
of Waste Disposal Sites
Last Updated: 6/21/2004
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The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration
Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -07 and