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Trex Property Grand Rapids

Site Contact:
Joshua Peters
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
312 Ellsworth Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


The Community Involvement Plan for the Trex Grand Rapids Site is now available in the documents section of this website. This plan is a  communication strategy guide the Agency uses to enable meaningful community involvement throughout the Superfund cleanup process. Please contact: Ruth Muhtsun, Community Involvement Coordinator, at 312-886-6595 or muhtsun.ruth@epa.gov with any questions or concerns.


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.

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.