GM spinoff to pay $2.5M to clean up Rosedale dump

Former landfill part of nationwide settlement

March 07, 2011

The old General Motors Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million towards cleanup of a former dump in Rosedale under a nationwide settlement of pollution claims with the federal government.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a $51.4 million deal with the spin-off of the automaker covering cleanup of 34 sites in 11 states. Old General Motors was split in two when it emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009. "Old GM," now called Motors Liquidation Co., got much of GM's debt, closed factory sites and liabilities, while General Motors Co. emerged as the new company making cars and trucks.

The 165-acre site bordering Herring Run in Rosedale, known as the 68th Street Dump Site, had been used as a landfill for industrial and commercial waste, including incinerator ash, from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s, according to the EPA. It was proposed for priority cleanup under the federal Superfund law in 1999 and reproposed in 2003.

Five years ago, the EPA reached a consent agreement with potentially responsible parties to investigate the extent of contamination and prepare for its cleanup. Among the hazardous substances there were volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs and metals.

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