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Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association & Fennville Chamber Of Commerce Hold Banquet Page 3 Allegan County Undersheriff Frank Baker To Seek Department’s Top Spot In November Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING February 5, 2016 Vol. 14 No. 6 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN PCB Ground Contamination Is Discovered At Former Haworth Plant; Douglas Officials Say High Concentration Of The Highly Toxic Organic Compounds May Be Too Significant To Leave In Place Efrain Sandoval Correspondent A new contaminant has been discovered at the former Haworth Manufacturing site on Blue Star Highway in Douglas: PCB (poly-chlorinated biphenyl), different than the chlorinated solvents and metals previously found by environmental experts, Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere said during his report at Monday night’s council meeting. A grant/loan application the Douglas City Council is submit-ting to the State of Michigan to sup-port the redevelopment and environ-mental response action for the Haworth site has been modified from a $850,000 request to $1,250,000 to reflect that new factor, he said. “There is an additional con-taminant on the site they (developer and consultant) didn’t find before,” said LeFevere regarding the PCBs that were recently found and are now part of new information on the revised application submitted to the state. “Regarding the PCBs detected in soil, we anticipate the concentrations may be too high to leave in place, even with the existing floor, the applicant, the City of Douglas, makes known in a response to a question in The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and Loan Application. In further response, city officials stated, “Although the release was pre-1978 and therefore not sub-ject to certain parts of the TSCA (the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act), it is anticipated that DEQ and U.S. EPA will become engaged in deter-mining the risk (e.g., risk assessment, source removal, etc.). We have esti-mated source removal will be the appropriate action for these soils.” The PCB factor—and the corresponding larger state grant request as a consequence—is the only change on the application, indicated LeFevere. The DEQ has long known about the plume of chlorinated sol-vents (i.e., TCE) and metals in groundwater that has migrated off-site and believed to come from under-neath the Haworth facility. Since the 1940s, the Haworth site has been used by numerous industrial entities, mainly those in automative and hardware. The DEQ has found Haworth, its current owner, is free of any respon-sibility for the contaminant plume and it cannot find “available responsi-ble parties” with respect to the former manufacturers. The DEQ has taken mitiga-tion measures, but more assessment and action is required now and in the future, and in fact, the agency has set aside $1 million for that very pur-pose, Ray Spaulding of the DEQ’s Kalamazoo District told The Local Observer last week. “There is no immediate danger to the public, but the develop-er does need to mitigate the indoor air exposure pathway,” Spaulding said of the vapor intrusion his agency found inside the facility and the responsibil-ity of Geerlings Development Company, the developer the city is in partnership with for the redevelop-ment project, per the application con-ditions. In fact, Geerlings’ purchase of the property from Haworth partly hinges on a successful approval of the grant/loan request. The developer, the applica-tion notes, will invest $5 million to $10 million of its own funds for the proposed new development; generate 75 to 100 new permanent jobs in the first two years following a $1 million to $2 million investment. The breakdown of what part of the $1,250,000 will be grant monies and what part will be loan funds is still unknown, say city offi-cials and the developer. The redevelopment grant/loan can only be awarded to the local unit of government, not a pri-vate entity. The grant/loan comes with conditions that the developer create jobs and use the grant/loan funds to conduct investigations and necessary actions to fulfill “environmental due care” and “baseline environmental assessment (BEA) response activities.” So far, there has been no official finding that the newly discov-ered PCBs are an actual or potential health hazard to neighboring homes or businesses or those that reside in the area impacted by the under-ground plume of contaminants reach-ing towards Lake Michigan from the Haworth site. Scholarship Application Deadline Is Wednesday, March 16 This year the Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation (SSF) proudly announces that its scholar-ship application is available via an online system. The new system allows students to save their work and return as time allows, identifies additional scholarships they are eli-gible for, and streamlines the process so they are only providing one appli-cation, regardless of the number of scholarships they are applying for. The Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation continues building scholarships that are renewable for up to three additional years. By incorporating renew-able scholarships, scholars have a greater likelihood of graduating with less debt. The SSF Board Members are committed to growing the scholarship funds in an effort to impact more students during the course of their post-secondary edu-cation. Apply today and help us achieve our vision to “Empower the Next Generation” one student at a time. Applications must be submit-ted by Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Scholarships are competitive – applicants should take the time and space allowed to set themselves apart from the crowd. The SSF funds are admin-istered by the Allegan County Community Foundation. For more information, please visit: http://www.saugatuckps.com/ to learn more about the SSF and to access the online application.

PCB Ground Contamination Is Discovered At Former Haworth Plant; Douglas Officials Say High Concentration Of The Highly Toxic Organic Compounds May Be Too Significant To Leave In Place

Efrain Sandoval Correspondent <br /> <br /> A new contaminant has been discovered at the former Haworth Manufacturing site on Blue Star Highway in Douglas: PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), different than the chlorinated solvents and metals previously found by environmental experts, Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere said during his report at Monday night’s council meeting.<br /> <br /> A grant/loan application the Douglas City Council is submitting to the State of Michigan to support the redevelopment and environmental response action for the Haworth site has been modified from a $850,000 request to $1,250,000 to reflect that new factor, he said.<br /> <br /> “There is an additional contaminant on the site they (developer and consultant) didn’t find before,” said LeFevere regarding the PCBs that were recently found and are now part of new information on the revised application submitted to the state.<br /> <br /> “Regarding the PCBs detected in soil, we anticipate the concentrations may be too high to leave in place, even with the existing floor, the applicant, the City of Douglas, makes known in a response to a question in The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Brownfield Redevelopment Grant and Loan Application. <br /> <br /> In further response, city officials stated, “Although the release was pre-1978 and therefore not subject to certain parts of the TSCA (the U. S. Toxic Substances Control Act), it is anticipated that DEQ and U.S. EPA will become engaged in determining the risk (e.g., risk assessment, source removal, etc.). We have estimated source removal will be the appropriate action for these soils.” <br /> <br /> The PCB factor—and the corresponding larger state grant request as a consequence—is the only change on the application, indicated LeFevere.<br /> <br /> The DEQ has long known about the plume of chlorinated solvents (i. e., TCE) and metals in groundwater that has migrated offsite and believed to come from underneath the Haworth facility.<br /> <br /> Since the 1940s, the Haworth site has been used by numerous industrial entities, mainly those in automative and hardware. The DEQ has found Haworth, its current owner, is free of any responsibility for the contaminant plume and it cannot find “available responsible parties” with respect to the former manufacturers.<br /> <br /> The DEQ has taken mitigation measures, but more assessment and action is required now and in the future, and in fact, the agency has set aside $1 million for that very purpose, Ray Spaulding of the DEQ’s Kalamazoo District told The Local Observer last week.<br /> <br /> “There is no immediate danger to the public, but the developer does need to mitigate the indoor air exposure pathway,” Spaulding said of the vapor intrusion his agency found inside the facility and the responsibility of Geerlings Development Company, the developer the city is in partnership with for the redevelopment project, per the application conditions.<br /> <br /> In fact, Geerlings’ purchase of the property from Haworth partly hinges on a successful approval of the grant/loan request.<br /> <br /> The developer, the application notes, will invest $5 million to $10 million of its own funds for the proposed new development; generate 75 to 100 new permanent jobs in the first two years following a $1 million to $2 million investment.<br /> <br /> The breakdown of what part of the $1,250,000 will be grant monies and what part will be loan funds is still unknown, say city officials and the developer.<br /> <br /> The redevelopment grant/loan can only be awarded to the local unit of government, not a private entity.<br /> <br /> The grant/loan comes with conditions that the developer create jobs and use the grant/loan funds to conduct investigations and necessary actions to fulfill “environmental due care” and “baseline environmental assessment (BEA) response activities.” <br /> <br /> So far, there has been no official finding that the newly discovered PCBs are an actual or potential health hazard to neighboring homes or businesses or those that reside in the area impacted by the underground plume of contaminants reaching towards Lake Michigan from the Ha worth site.<br />

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Scholarship Application Deadline Is Wednesday, March 16

This year the Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation (SSF) proudly announces that its scholarship application is available via an online system.<br /> <br /> The new system allows students to save their work and return as time allows, identifies additional scholarships they are eligible for, and streamlines the process so they are only providing one application, regardless of the number of scholarships they are applying for.<br /> <br /> The Saugatuck Scholarship Foundation continues building scholarships that are renewable for up to three additional years.<br /> <br /> By incorporating renewable scholarships, scholars have a greater likelihood of graduating with less debt. The SSF Board Members are committed to growing the scholarship funds in an effort to impact more students during the course of their post-secondary education.<br /> <br /> Apply today and help us achieve our vision to “Empower the Next Generation” one student at a time. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 16, 2016.<br /> <br /> Scholarships are competitive – applicants should take the time and space allowed to set themselves apart from the crowd.<br /> <br /> The SSF funds are administered by the Allegan County Community Foundation.<br /> <br /> For more information, please visit: http://www.saugatuckps.com/ to learn more about the SSF and to access the online application.<br />

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