Franklin Village Plaza Closure Now Mandatory

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PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Health Division issued a mandatory closure notice Monday evening to businesses in the Franklin Village Plaza at 32716-32744 Franklin Rd. in Franklin. closed for business

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified the Health Division Monday about the discovery of a storage tank with at least 45 gallons of unknown volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the crawl space of the building. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was not able to identify the chemical and therefore does not know its potential for harm.

Sampling and testing to identify the VOCs in the tank will determine which steps to take next. The Health Division is working with MDHHS, MDEQ, and Franklin Village officials. The closure notice will remain in effect until steps are taken to remediate any potential danger from the chemicals in the tank.

The tank was discovered over the weekend while the MDEQ began to remediate the health risks of a vapor intrusion involving the chemicals Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE). TCE and PCE are used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing and are likely present due to a previous dry cleaner and gas station that were on the property in the 1950s – 1970s. Please note, the current dry cleaner located in the plaza is neither responsible for this vapor intrusion nor do they conduct dry cleaning or store chemicals onsite.

On Friday, the Health Division encouraged Franklin Village Plaza businesses to temporarily and voluntarily close because of the vapor intrusion. The discovery of the vapor intrusion is a result of MDEQ’s ongoing statewide efforts to investigate indoor air quality resulting from known contamination sites. Samples are collected and analyzed to determine if risks to human health and the environment are present. MDEQ began taking indoor air samples at the Franklin Village Plaza site in February. Air quality testing at Franklin Village Plaza will resume after the chemicals in the tank have been identified and remedial steps taken.

Vapor intrusion occurs when vapors (gases) from volatile chemicals in contaminated soil and/or groundwater move through the soil and into buildings through cracks in floors, walls, and gaps around service pipes. In outdoor air, these vapors are often diluted to harmless levels. When trapped in an enclosed space like a home or building, these vapors can collect and impact the indoor air quality and pose a risk to health.

At low levels over a long period of time, PCE may cause color vision loss and changes in mood, memory, attention, and reaction time. Exposure to PCE and TCE could lead to higher risk of getting certain types of cancer and birth defects.

For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Environmental Health at 248-858-1312 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter. For questions regarding the MDEQ role in this site, contact Josh Scheels at 586-324-0372. For questions regarding the MDEQ Vapor Intrusion program, contact Shane Morrison @ 517-284-5063.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified the Health Division Monday about the discovery of a storage tank with at least 45 gallons of unknown volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the crawl space of the building. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was not able to identify the chemical and therefore does not know its potential for harm.

Sampling and testing to identify the VOCs in the tank will determine which steps to take next. The Health Division is working with MDHHS, MDEQ, and Franklin Village officials. The closure notice will remain in effect until steps are taken to remediate any potential danger from the chemicals in the tank.

The tank was discovered over the weekend while the MDEQ began to remediate the health risks of a vapor intrusion involving the chemicals Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE). TCE and PCE are used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing and are likely present due to a previous dry cleaner and gas station that were on the property in the 1950s – 1970s. Please note, the current dry cleaner located in the plaza is neither responsible for this vapor intrusion nor do they conduct dry cleaning or store chemicals onsite.

On Friday, the Health Division encouraged Franklin Village Plaza businesses to temporarily and voluntarily close because of the vapor intrusion. The discovery of the vapor intrusion is a result of MDEQ’s ongoing statewide efforts to investigate indoor air quality resulting from known contamination sites. Samples are collected and analyzed to determine if risks to human health and the environment are present. MDEQ began taking indoor air samples at the Franklin Village Plaza site in February. Air quality testing at Franklin Village Plaza will resume after the chemicals in the tank have been identified and remedial steps taken.

Vapor intrusion occurs when vapors (gases) from volatile chemicals in contaminated soil and/or groundwater move through the soil and into buildings through cracks in floors, walls, and gaps around service pipes. In outdoor air, these vapors are often diluted to harmless levels. When trapped in an enclosed space like a home or building, these vapors can collect and impact the indoor air quality and pose a risk to health.

At low levels over a long period of time, PCE may cause color vision loss and changes in mood, memory, attention, and reaction time. Exposure to PCE and TCE could lead to higher risk of getting certain types of cancer and birth defects.

For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Environmental Health at 248-858-1312 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter. For questions regarding the MDEQ role in this site, contact Josh Scheels at 586-324-0372. For questions regarding the MDEQ Vapor Intrusion program, contact Shane Morrison @ 517-284-5063.