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EPA to Host Open Houses on Ten-Mile Drain Superfund Site in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Release Date: 03/25/2011
Contact Information: Jayna Legg, 312-353-0562,

For Immediate Release No. 11-OPA026

Chicago (March 25, 2011) --- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold two open houses Thursday, March 31, to update the community on spring field sampling at the Ten-Mile Drain site in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

The open houses will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Clair Shores Public Library, 22500 Eleven Mile Road. Residents will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local, state and federal environmental and health officials. There will be no formal presentation at either open house.

Soil and sediment in and around an underground storm sewer system in St. Clair Shores are contaminated with PCBs. PCBs also are in canals where the storm sewer discharges into Lake St. Clair. EPA and other agencies have been involved in several cleanups at the Ten-Mile Drain site since PCBs were discovered in 2002. However the area has been re-contaminated and the source of the PCBs has not been found.

The Ten-Mile Drain Site was placed on the Superfund National Priorities List last year. Field sampling work to look for the source of the contamination is set to begin in April.

More information about Ten-Mile Drain site is available at For questions or to arrange special accommodations at the meeting, contact Megan McSeveney, EPA community involvement coordinator at mcseveney.megan@, or call 800-621-8431, extension 61972, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weekdays.