SHELBY TWP. (WXYZ) - There are new developments in a 7 Action News investigation involving Ford Motor Company and a toxic site in Shelby Township.
A nationally recognized environmental expert says that the auto company must immediately clean up the contaminated land where a now defunct Visteon plant had operated.
The 7 Action News Investigators first told you about a legal battle brewing over this contaminated property in Shelby Township. Ford had agreed to clean it up when it sold the land to a developer.
But it was later discovered that the toxic material hadspread east near 23 Mile and Mound Road. That has nearby residents and Shelby Township officials worried. The township hired environmental expert Jim Dragun to investigate and to put together a zero-tolerance cleanup plan.
Yesterday Dragun wrote a letter saying Ford should "…immediately remove all potential sources of contamination... " to prevent it from migrating to ground water.
Ford issued a statement saying, that it is "…in the process of gathering environmental data to determine what actions, if any, need to be taken at the site, and have met with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and local residents to keep them apprised of our activities. We have not seen any data to support that anything is leaving the former plant site and moving into the neighboring Community. Ford remains committed to doing what is right for the community and the environment."
Dragun says he more testing to do to find out how much of a danger the site could pose to the public.
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