Lansing Area Environmental Updates

This webpage provides updates and select information on RACER Lansing environmental response activities. More information about RACER's Lansing-area properties can be found by clicking here.
April 20, 2021

RACER Conducting Additional PFAS Assessments in Response to Updated Cleanup Criteria

RACER Trust will soon begin to assess the potential presence of PFAS in groundwater north and east of the property boundary for the former GM Lansing Plant 6 property. This assessment is in response to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) December 2020 update of groundwater cleanup criteria.

There remains no known exposure pathways for area residents associated with the site contaminants.

After coordination with EGLE, which oversees RACER’s environmental work at the former GM properties in Lansing, Lansing Township and Delta Township, approximately 18 commercial and residential property owners in the assessment area will be receiving a letter from RACER with information regarding how groundwater containing PFAS relates to their property. There is no indication that any property owner is using groundwater; drinking water is supplied by the Lansing Board of Water & Light.

Characterization of PFAS is ongoing to the north, east, and south of Plant 6. Interim actions for PFAS include storm sewer modifications on Plants 2, 3, and 6 to eliminate groundwater containing PFAS from infiltrating into and then discharging off-site through the storm sewers. RACER will also continue to monitor potential soil vapor intrusion (VI) to indoor air in the northeast portion of Plant 6 and the adjacent off-site area.

Finally, results of routine sampling show that the biosparge systems installed at the former Plant 2 and Plant 3 properties are achieving the short-term objective of reducing 1,4-dioxane concentrations along the core of the weathered bedrock plume.

More details are available in the quarterly report RACER submitted to EGLE, which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the link below.

Lansing First Quarter 2021 Environmental Progress Report

March 2, 2021

Monitoring Wells Being Installed to Evaluate PFAS Beyond Plant 6 Site

RACER Trust will install monitoring wells in the Michigan Avenue right-of-way, south of the former GM Plant 6 property, to gather additional data on the potential presence of PFAS beyond the Plant 6 property line. The work is being completed under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

The work along Michigan Avenue is expected to begin on, or about, March 10 and take two or three days to complete. Every effort will be made to ensure the public’s safety during the work and to minimize disturbance to traffic and landscaping.

If PFAS are found in shallow groundwater south of the Plant 6 boundary, additional investigation in those areas will likely be necessary later this year. However, it is emphasized that PFAS will not impact area residents since concentrations are expected to be low and shallow groundwater is not a source for drinking water. Drinking water is provided by the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that the presence of PFAS would impact activities at Sexton High School. 

More details are available by clicking the link below.

March 2021 Lansing Project Update

Jan. 28, 2021

RACER Trust Provides Update to Old Oakland Neighborhood Association

RACER Trust Michigan Deputy Cleanup Manager David Favero and Transaction Manager Steve Black provided an update on redevelopment and remediation activities at RACER’s Lansing-area properties at the Old Oakland Neighborhood Association's annual meeting, which was held virtually on Thursday, January 28. The presentation materials can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Presentation to Old Oakland Neighborhood Association

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January 21, 2021

RACER Trust Submits Quarterly Progress Report for Lansing-Area Properties

RACER Trust has completed its summary of environmental activities that have taken place at RACER’s former GM Lansing-area properties through the end of December 2020. Please click the link below to view and download the report, which also has been provided to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, which is overseeing RACER’s environmental activities at the properties.

Among the highlights:

• There continues to be no known exposure for area residents associated with contaminants found at the former GM properties. Characterization of potential soil vapor intrusion for indoor air is ongoing and will continue in the northeast portion of Plant 6 and the adjacent off-site area.

• Characterization of PFAS impacts is ongoing. Several interim steps have been taken to control PFAS impacts, including modifications to sanitary and storm sewer lines to minimize off-site transport of PFAS-impacted groundwater that has infiltrated into on-site sewers.  

• Biosparge systems to remediate 1,4-dioxane in weathered bedrock at the Plant 2 and Plant 3 properties appear to be working as designed. Performance monitoring was conducted at the end of the year, and results will be reported in a subsequent quarterly update.

Additional information about RACER’s environmental activities in the Lansing area, including groundwater monitoring and a schedule of upcoming milestones, is included in the full quarterly report.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

January 13, 2021

RACER Trust Provides Update to Westside Neighborhood Association

RACER Trust Michigan Deputy Cleanup Manager David Favero and Redevelopment Manager Bruce Rasher provided an update on redevelopment and remediation activities at RACER’s Lansing-area properties at the Westside Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting, which was held virtually on Wednesday, January 13. The presentation materials can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Presentation to Westside Neighborhood Association

October 20, 2020

RACER Updates the Community on Environmental Activities at Lansing-area Properties

 

RACER Trust has prepared a comprehensive quarterly overview of ongoing and planned environmental activities at its former GM properties in the Lansing area.

The overview, which summarizes work conducted between July and September, is available at the link below.

RACER’s environmental activities are carried out under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, which also received a copy of the quarterly overview.

There are no known impacts to any drinking water source or public exposure to any contaminants associated with the former GM operations. We’re continuing to address 1,4-dioxane impacts to ground water 60 to 75 feet below the surface, and have made storm sewer modifications on the property to eliminate PFAS discharges.

In addition, we have assessed soil and groundwater conditions near the property and found no evidence to suggest gasses in the soil are causing any indoor impacts. Additional assessment and monitoring will continue to verify conditions do not change over time.

More details about these and other activities can be found in the quarterly overview.

Third Quarter 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

July 23, 2020

RACER conducting off-site sampling in Lansing; Q2 summary of activities available

Please click the link below for a summary report of RACER’s second-quarter 2020 environmental activities in Lansing.

RACER Trust has begun collecting soil and groundwater samples in the area of Stanley Street and Osborn Road, just east of the former GM Lansing Plant 6 property, to determine if volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found at the property are present and creating the potential for vapor intrusion. We expect to complete these activities this week. 

This work, and all environmental activities at the former GM Lansing properties, is being conducted under the oversight of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). RACER will complete a thorough evaluation of the data, including potential risks associated with any VOCs detected in groundwater east of the former Plant 6, and provide that evaluation to EGLE for review. We also will summarize the information and share it publicly on the RACER website.

There are no known exposures to VOCs east of the Plant 6 property. The concentrations are expected to be low and the shallow groundwater is not used as a source of drinking water. Water is supplied to the businesses and residences in the area by the Lansing Board of Water and Light.

2Q Quarterly Progress Report

April 20, 2020

RACER Trust Submits First Quarterly Report of 2020 On Environmental Activities at Lansing-Area Properties

RACER Trust has submitted its First Quarter 2020 Quarterly Progress Report for environmental activities at its former GM Lansing-area properties to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. A link to the report can be found below.

Highlights of the report include:

  • There remains no known exposure pathways for area residents associated with contaminants at the properties (former GM Lansing plants 2, 3 and 6).
  • The biosparge treatment system to address 1,4-dioxane impacts at the Plant 3 property is working as designed. Sampling data indicate a 97% reduction in 1,4-dioxane concentrations within the system’s radius of influence.
  • A biosparge system for the Plant 2 property, also designed to address 1,4-dioxane impacts, is scheduled to come online in July or August.
  • Modifications to storm sewers at Plant 2 resulted in a 75% reduction in PFOS concentrations at the Plant 2 outfall.
  • No samples exceeded surface-water standards for PFOS at Plant 6, a result of modifications to storm sewers that were completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The report includes a schedule of upcoming activities. Please note the timing of several activities is likely to be impacted by the current Stay-Home/Stay-In executive order.

RACER Trust is continuing to carry out its environmental obligations — including preparation of remedial action plans, maintenance and operation of remediation equipment, and timely collection and reporting of data to federal and state regulatory agencies — during the COVID-19 emergency. RACER personnel and contractors are taking all appropriate precautions to protect themselves and our communities from the further spread of COVID-19 while carrying out environmental obligations.
 
First Quarter 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

RACER Trust Submits Q4 Report On Environmental Activities at Lansing-Area Properties

RACER Trust has submitted its Fourth Quarter 2019 Quarterly Progress Report for environmental activities at its former GM Lansing-area properties to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). A link to the report can be found below.
 
The report includes a summary of findings related to 1,4-dioxane impacts at the former Plants 2 and 3 properties; results of biosparging at the Plant 3 property (an approximately 92% reduction in 1,4-dioxane observed in a monitoring well within the radius of influence of the sparge wells); results of PFAS sampling at the Plants 2 and 3 properties; and results of storm water modifications at Plants 2, 3 and 6.
 
The report concludes with a list of work in progress and anticipated near-term milestones.
 
Fourth Quarter 2019 Quarterly Progress Report

Installation and Activation of Former Lansing Plant 3 Portion of Biosparge Remediation System Highlight Third-Quarter Environmental Activities at Lansing-area Properties


The biosparge system at the former GM Lansing Plant 3 property, designed to treat 1,4-dioxane in groundwater, began operating in July.

Performance monitoring was completed on five wells in August, with results of data analysis expected to be presented in a future report to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).  A summary of the results will also be provided in the next quarterly update for the project which will be made available on the RACER website.

A majority of the biosparge wells at the former GM Lansing Plant 2 property were installed in the third quarter as well. The larger portion of the system is expected to begin operating later in 2020.

To view RACER’s quarterly progress report to EGLE, please click the link below

Quarterly Progress Report

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Summary of Quarterly Environmental Activities, April-June 2019


A recap of environmental activities for the April-June quarter at the former GM Lansing Plants 2, 3 and 6 has been submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
RACER is proceeding with implementation of an EGLE-approved plan to address 1,4-dioxane impacts to groundwater using a biosparge treatment method. RACER’s goal is to have the biosparge system fully operational in 2020. Biosparge works by stimulating the growth of organisms that feed on and degrade the chemical in the groundwater.

RACER continues to investigate PFAS discovered in groundwater at the former GM Lansing properties and east of the properties. There is no exposure to or known use of the impacted groundwater.

RACER also is investigating PFAS discovered in storm sewers that are present on the former GM properties and working with EGLE to implement remedial plans at the properties.  

RACER Lansing 2Q 2019 Progress Report

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RACER to Investigate PFAS Near Lansing Plant 6 Property


RACER Trust will conduct further off-site sampling of shallow groundwater at two location east of the former Lansing Plant 6 property during the first week of May. The purpose of the work is to evaluate if PFAS impacts have migrated off-site in groundwater east of Plant 6. Please click below to view and download a fact sheet about the upcoming work.

RACER Plant 6 Project Update

MDEQ Information from April 23 Public Meeting


Please click the link below to view and download information presented by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality during a public meeting to discuss a proposed remedial work plan to address 1,4-dioxane impacts at RACER Trust properties in Lansing Township. 

MDEQ Public Meeting Presentation

RACER Trust Information for April 23 MDEQ Meeting on 1,4-Dioxane Work Plan


RACER Trust will present the information found in the link below at the MDEQ’s public meeting on a proposed Interim Measures Work Plan for 1,4-dioxane at the former Lansing Plant 2 and Plant 3 properties. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the boardroom of the Lansing Township Hall,  3209 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

 
CLEAN UP OF 1,4-DIOXANE USING PROPANE BIOSPARGING

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MDEQ Schedules Public Hearing on Corrective Measures Plan for RACER Properties

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has issued the following public notice:

The Department of Environmental Quality, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division (WMRPD), has received an Interim Measures Work Plan from the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust Plants 2 &3 entitled: Interim Measures Work Plan Lower 1,4-Dioxane Biosparge (Work Plan).  The RACER Plants 2 and 3 are located in Lansing, adjacent to Rosemary Avenue, between Michigan Avenue and Willow Street. The Work Plan proposes an in-situ bioremediation technology as an interim and potentially final corrective measure for the 1,4-dioxane plume, present in the weathered bedrock at the site, to effectively treat and prevent the plume from migrating off-site. A public meeting will be held in the boardroom of the Lansing Township Hall on April 23, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. For information, please contact: Christine Matlock, Project Manager, Hazardous Waste Section, WMRPD, at 517-284-6577 or by e‑mail at matlockc2@michigan.gov

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MDEQ Public Hearing Postponed

A public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, as part of the 1,4-dioxane remediation on RACER Trust Lansing Plants 2 & 3 has been postponed because of expected inclement weather. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which was to host the meeting at the Lansing Township Board Room, announced the postponement. The meeting will be rescheduled, likely for a date in March. RACER Trust will post information about a new meeting date when it is announced.

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MDEQ Notice: RACER Lansing Plants 2 & 3 Public Meeting


Who: Staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are hosting a public meeting as part of the 1,4-dioxane remediation on the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust Lansing Plants 2 & 3 located at the corner of W Saginaw Hwy and N Rosemary St.

What: Staff from the MDEQ and the RACER Trust consultant - ARCADIS will each speak on  the proposed next steps regarding this historic contamination in a well head protection area.  Following the presentations, time will be available for those in attendance to ask questions. During this time, staff from MDEQ, ARCADIS, and RACER Trust will be happy to respond to questions and provide more information and clarification when possible.

Where: Lansing Township Board Room, Charter Township of Lansing, 3209 W Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48917.

When: February 12, 2019            
 6:00-8:00 p.m.            
 6:00-6:30 p.m. Informational Session            
 6:30-8:00 p.m. Informational Session – Question and Answer

When: February 12, 2019
6:00-8:00 p.m.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Informational Session
6:30-8:00 p.m. Informational Session – Question and Answer
For more information, please contact Ms. Christine Matlock at matlockc2@michigan.gov or 517-284-6577.

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Results of Sampling, Former Lansing Plants 2 and 6

 

RACER Trust’s environmental consultant collected storm water samples from manholes at two locations where storm water leaves the former Lansing Plant 2 Property and at five off-site storm sewer manholes in Osborne and Verlinden Streets near where storm water leaves the former Lansing Plant 6 Property. These samples were collected after initial sampling indicated the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in on-site groundwater in excess of the State of Michigan surface water quality standard for PFOS.   The results have been submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE, formerly the Michigan Department Environmental Quality), which is overseeing RACER’s work at its Lansing-area properties.   PFOS was detected above the state standard at one of the two storm water sampling locations at Plant 2. Additional sampling of the Plant 2 storm sewer system was completed on January 26, 2019, to obtain additional data to better isolate potential contributions of PFOS in storm water. This data will be used to help identify and evaluate possible options to mitigate discharge of PFOS to the Ingham County and City of Lansing sewers located north of Plant 2. 

Read the Plant 2 PFAS Storm Sewer Sampling report

Additional work at Plant 6 included installation and sampling of temporary monitoring wells and soil borings as well as collection of samples from adjacent rights-of-way. PFOS and PFOA exceed drinking water criteria at several locations along the eastern property boundary of Plant 6, as well as in the southwest portion of the Site, near a former rinse water cistern. Additional sampling is proposed to complete delineation near the property boundaries.

Read the Plant 6 PFAS Investigation Phase 1 report 

RACER Trust also has submitted to MDEQ a work plan to facilitate biodegradation in the lower 1,4-dioxane plume that extends from the Plant 3 “coliseum” area to the south-central portion of Plant 2.

The details provided in the work plan are subject to updates as MDEQ completes its review and the design work progresses. 
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Proposed 1,4-dioxane Remedial Approach

 

After extensive sampling of Site conditions, testing the approach at the Site and reviews with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, RACER Trust is proposing to remediate the lower 1,4-dioxane plume at the former Lansing Plants 2 & 3 using a technology called biosparging, a technique that involves bubbling air through the groundwater to stimulate biological activity. In this case, RACER Trust is recommending the safe, controlled injection of an air/propane mixture and nutrients into the subsurface to stimulate the activity of microorganisms, which will biodegrade 1,4-dioxane. 1,4-dioxane degrades to non-toxic carbon dioxide and water. The activity, if approved, will be comprehensively monitored to track progress. The technology would be implemented in 2019 and 2020 and is expected to operate 10 or more years.


Read the Interim Measures Work Plan Lower 1,4-Dioxane Biosparge 


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RACER to Conduct Additional Activities in Lansing

 

RACER Trust will install monitoring wells, complete additional soil borings and collect water samples from storm sewers, among other activities, in November and December near its properties in Lansing. A detailed fact sheet can be viewed and downloaded from the link below.
RACER Lansing Project Update, November 2018

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August 2018 Lansing Community Meeting and Project Update


PowerPoint Presentation
Project Fact Sheet
Presentation Posters
USEPA 1,4-Dioxane Fact Sheet
PFAS in Drinking Water Fact Sheet — MDHHS
PFAS FAQs — ATSDR