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Ford/Alden Village Monitoring Project
Ford Livonia Transmission Plant
While renovating the Livonia Transmission Plant (Plant), Ford Motor Company reported the discovery of chlorinated compounds in the groundwater to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Ford Motor Company investigated the contamination and determined one of these compounds, vinyl chloride, had migrated east of the plant in groundwater into the adjacent residential neighborhood. Ford Motor Company installed monitoring wells and soil gas wells around the plant and in the residential neighborhood in an effort to assess groundwater and soil gas conditions. In July of 2017, Ford Motor Company entered into a Consent Decree with EGLE. The Consent Decree requires Ford Motor Company to conduct investigations and remedial actions under a schedule while EGLE conducts formal regulatory oversight.
Groundwater in the area is shallow and EGLE required Ford Motor Company to install additional monitor wells screened at the top of the groundwater table to assess the potential risk to homes in the area for vapor intrusion. Some of these shallow wells have been installed and some are currently being installed. Results from some of these wells have identified a groundwater plume of vinyl chloride above site-specific volatilization to indoor air criteria. EGLE is requiring Ford Motor Company to install mitigation systems to address the residences within this groundwater plume on an expedited schedule.
Additional investigation and sampling of monitor wells continued throughout 2019.
Modeling from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has led Ford Motor Company to expand its investigation of potential contamination to the Country Homes Estates neighborhood to the south of the Livonia Transmission Plant. While there is no evidence of environmental impact in monitoring wells located near this area, beginning the week of June 14, 2021, Ford and its consultant Arcadis will install groundwater testing wells out of an abundance of caution. The test wells will be installed along Plymouth, Wayne and Farmington and near Parkdale, Laurel, Leon, Orangelawn and Hathaway streets.
For more information about this project, visit our Country Homes Subdivision information page. For information about the original Alden Village project, visit our page with information for residents of that neighborhood.
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Ford Motor Company
Phone: (844) 511-1002
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Environmental Assistance Center
Phone: (800) 662-9278
Wayne County Department of Health
Veterans & Community Wellness, Environmental Health Section
Phone: (517) 727-7400
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (800) 648-6942