Flint River Outfall Release

 
Site Contact:
Tricia Edwards and Sean Kane
OSCs

(edwards.tricia@epa.gov)

Site Location:
West Boulevard Drive and North Dort Highway
Flint, MI 48505
response.epa.gov/FlintRiverRelease
NRC#: 1338866

6/24/22 Update
EPA  air monitoring in residential areas, along the river and at the outfall after results have continued to show no VOC exceedances. EPA will continue air monitoring at the Lockhart Chemical Company facility as the company continues to locate the source of the spill, with EPA and EGLE oversight.  

6/22/22 Update
Visual assessments and water sample data show most of the oil that impacted the Flint River has been removed by the potentially responsible party. EPA will oversee the removal of some downstream boom no longer needed and the placement of new boom near the Utah Dam.

EPA continues to conduct air monitoring along the river and in residential areas with results showing no exceedances. EPA is working with EGLE and the Lockhart Chemical Company to determine the cause of the oil spill.

6/21/22 Update
EPA continues to conduct air monitoring along the river and in residential areas with results showing no exceedances. After a morning assessment, yesterday’s rain event did not impact the spill response. EPA continues to oversee the oil cleanup in the river and at the outfall. EPA and EGLE also continue to oversee the Lockhart Chemical Company’s investigation into the cause of the oil spill.

6/20/22 Update
EPA continues to conduct air monitoring along the river and in residential areas with results showing no exceedances. During Sunday’s downstream river assessment, EPA identified 10 spots where oil had collected. Today, EPA oversaw the cleanup of oil along Flint River. EPA and EGLE will oversee the Lockhart Chemical Company’s investigation into the cause of the oil spill.

6/19/22 Update
Unified Command remains in-place at the site to continue operations to clean up and address the oil spill. EPA continues air monitoring along the river and in residential areas and detected no exceedances overnight.

Today, EPA will also assess the river downstream of the first booming location to determine whether any oil product has accumulated.

6/18/22 Update
A Unified Command comprised of the city of Flint, Genesee County, state of Michigan (EGLE) and EPA continues to oversee the spill cleanup. EPA continues to conduct air monitoring along the river and in residential areas. Air monitoring results continue to show no exceedances of volatile organic compounds along the river or in residential areas. Today’s air monitoring shows minimal VOC detections at the outfall. 

All visible oil from the outfall is being contained and recovered and is no longer entering the river. EPA assisted the state in its investigation of the source of the spill. EGLE has determined the potentially responsible party for the spill is Lockhart Chemical Company.

6/17/22 Update
A Unified Command has been established to oversee the spill cleanup that includes: the city of Flint, Genesee County, the state of Michigan (EGLE) and EPA. EPA continues its role to provide technical assistance in the form of air monitoring and air sampling both along the river and in residential areas as well as water sampling in the river. EPA is also assisting the state in its investigation of the source of the spill and providing oversight of the cleanup.

Yesterday and overnight, air monitoring results showed no exceedances of volatile organic compounds along the river or in residential areas. However, ambient air monitoring did show elevated VOCs within the storm sewer and at the outfall.

6/16/22 Update
EPA continues to work with local and state responders to determine the source of the spill. The Flint Fire Department is still the lead agency overseeing the spill cleanup. A local chemical company, identified as a potentially responsible party, has hired contractors to continue the cleanup and recovery efforts.

Overnight, EPA continued to conduct air monitoring and sampling along the river. Air monitoring results have shown no exceedances of volatile organic compounds in or around the river or in residential areas. 

Background
On June 15, local and state responders discovered an oil sheen on the Flint River. The Flint Fire Department is the lead agency responding to the spill. The Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy requested EPA assistance and responders arrived on the scene late evening. EPA began water and oil sampling to determine the source of the spill at the stormwater outfall to the river. EPA also began air monitoring and sampling at downstream dams (Hamilton and Utah). Immediate air monitoring showed no detections of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, above background levels off-site other than in the immediate area around the source outfall to the river.