From 1947 to 1967, Mount Clemens Industries, Incorporated,
formerly Mt. Clemens Metal Products Company, used trichloroethylene
(TCE) in vapor degreasers. Afterwards, the TCE was disposed of by dumping
it on the ground near the building. Some TCE may also have been dumped
into seepage pits and burned. Through these improper disposal methods,
TCE has now contaminated the groundwater in and around Mancelona, MI.
The contaminated plume begins at the manufacturing plant, currently
known as Dura Automotive Manufacturing Plant , and extends approximately
six miles to the northwest to the Schuss Mountain/Shanty Creek Resort
area. The leading edge of the Wickes Manufacturing TCE Plume (also known
as Mancelona-Cedar River TCE Plume), at the resort area, is approximately
1.25 miles wide. The plume has also reached the Cedar River, and is
now contaminating a cold-water, high quality trout stream.
TCE is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor similar to chloroform. TCE
is most commonly used as a degreasing solvent in manufacturing plants.
Breathing small amounts may cause headaches, dizziness, lung irritation,
and difficulty concentrating. Drinking water that contains TCE over an
extended period of time can lead to liver and kidney problems and may
also be carcinogenic.
The TOSC Program at Michigan State University has been
asked to provide assistance to Mancelona-area citizens regarding the
Mancelona-Cedar River TCE Plume. TOSC met with Antrim County United
through Ecology (ACUTE) and Mancelona-area citizens to assess community
concerns and discuss TOSC's involvement. TOSC has developed a Memorandum
of Understanding, which has been signed jointly by ACUTE and TOSC. To
view the Memorandum of Understanding, click here for Word