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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Water tests at Detroit storage site dock collapse meet standards, state says

December 11, 2019
In The News

Water samples conducted at the site of a southwest Detroit dock collapse at a riverfront storage site show no detectable contaminants or that they  were "well below water quality standards," state officials said Wednesday. Analysis by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy labs in Lansing of the spill from the Detroit Bulk Storage site indicates that there were no adverse effects on the Detroit River. At least three water samples were taken, one 2,540 feet upstream from the site, one directly in front of the spill area and the other 1,040 feet downstream. Samples taken upstream and downstream of the dock collapse were tested for metals, PCBs, suspended solids and industrial contaminants, and processed in an expedited fashion, the state said. The group said it is hosting the event along with Masse, the offices of Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Brenda Lawrence, state Sen. Stephanie Chang and state Rep. Tyrone Carter as well as the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Friends of the Detroit River, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Michigan United, People’s Water Board Coalition and We the People of Detroit.