From Experience in these matters I would recommend contacting Mr. Jeff Schindler of American Remediation for consultation and clean-up proposals. Jeff and his Company are located in Traverse City. Please visit www.americanremediation.com for initial information.
Sincerely, Adam Phillip Begley
Michigan ranks lowest in the nation at being able to clean up it's LUST sites. This is the result of a hyperconservative MDEQ imposing ever increasing requirements which has caused the regulated community to give up on trying to comply. Hence the embarrassing statistic. The new laws will bring Michigan back to use of nationally accepted standards, compliant with USEPA procedures, to make cleanups easier to accomplish, and without adding risk to human health and the environment. The new logical regulations will inspire more cleanups to happen and then Michigan's record may not be so bad.
I find it interesting that no one is thinks about all the closed and abandonded gas stations around the state. I have been involved with environmental work in the state for 25 years and get a chuckle out of people who freak out when somerhing is pointed out to them. When the information about how much fuel is in the states ground water is a matter of public record> wake up and look for yourself!
The commercial concerns that left this horrible mess, "did" make a profit while doing business. They should be responsible for total cleanup. If they refuse, attach their assets, make them pay! Why should today's community be held hostaage to pay for them?
Here's a map created by Jordan Bates at TC based Circle of Blue of known Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) in Michigan: