EPA became involved at the site on June 9, 2016, after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requested assistance to assess a potential trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor intrusion issue. The site is the location of the former Detrex Company who owned and operated a solvent recycler at the site. EPA and MDEQ collected indoor air samples and found levels of TCE in the indoor air approximately 200 times above the health screening level. Kent County Health Department evacuated the commercial building 312 Ellsworth Ave SW due to unsafe levels of TCE found in the indoor air.
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EPA ordered the PRP to conduct the cleanup at the site and immediately install a vapor mitigation system to allow re-occupancy of the building. Installation of a vapor mitigation system began on 6/15/2016.