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The recent changes also repealed the DEQ's obligation to evaluate and annually update a list of consultants and workers conducting clean-up work. Instead, the owner or operator of a site is now responsible for assuring the consultant meets a minimum qualification required under the state's environmental protection law.

The legislative changes enacted in 2012 extend the collection of the Refined Petroleum Fee (RPF) to December 31, 2015. Further, Governor Rick Snyder's budget has cut off some of the raiding from the RPF, allowing more to be used for its intended purpose.

Eagles said funding was noticeable last year.

"We got about $20 million to work on these sites, and we used a couple million to go out and investigate the old sites to see if there's a risk there, and how serious it is. It's not a full scale investigation. It's like a 'triage' investigation."

In order to "triage" a site, the department first tries to obtain permission from the current property owner in writing in order to investigate the site. Investigators then inspect the site and look for signs of contamination. The department then looks to see what actions need to be taken to close the site. In some cases, the pollution is so old that much may have already degraded and additional action isn't needed.

"In the first year we did it, there were about 208 sites where we did this," Eagles said. "At about 46 or 47 percent of those, we determined we could close the site because there wasn't a risk. At about 10 percent of the sites, we determined there was sufficient risk to take some action in the near future. Then there was a middle band, where there's some risks that don't have to be addressed immediately."

The changes enacted in 2012, in addition to additional funds being made available for the inspection of the sites, has resulted in an uptick in the number of LUST sites being investigated and subsequently closed. However, funding remains significantly below the levels needed to correctly address the problem.

"It's really is an uphill battle," said Paul Owens, southeast Michigan district supervisor for the DEQ's Remediation and Redevelopment Division. "We do what we can to take action with the state funding that is available, but what we really need is more compliance out there. We have a pretty low compliance rate, with more sites out of compliance than in. It's tough to get that under control."

LUST sites that are considered out of compliance may be categorized as "inactive" cases, or those in which a release has been reported and no additional information or action was taken. Others are "stopped" cases, in which some action and information had been done and reported to the DEQ, but had been stopped for some reason. An active site is considered in compliance if appropriate action is continuing; and a site is "closed" when all actions and monitoring are complete.

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Birmingham/Bloomfield LUST sites

The following is a list of active LUST sites in the Birmingham and Bloomfield area, including the site name, address, type of release (if known) and date of release.



Shell Station

34977 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, (used oil) 12/8/2008



Amoco Station

14 Mile, 880 W. 14 Mile, Birmingham, unknown



Woodlinc/Mich Ltd Partnership

1050 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, (gas) 12/20/1996



Tiffany Florist

772-784 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, (gas) 7/21/2008



Birmingham Public Schools

550 W. Merrill, Birmingham, 8/8/1990



Quarton Elementary

771 Chesterfield Ave, Birmingham, 6/29/1990



Derby Middle School

1100 Derby, Birmingham, 9/9/1988



Parking Lot (Dietz Corp)

985 E Maple Road, Birmingham, 10/14/1997



Former Gasoline Station

33801 Woodward, Birmingham, unknown



Jax Kar Wash #048

34745 Woodward, Birmingham, 10/27/2000



Douglas Cleaners

1794 W Maple Road, Birmingham, 1/17/1992



Marathon

101 E 14 Mile Road, Birmingham, (gas) 6/13/05 (used oil) 11/10/2005



Amoco #579

35975 Woodward, Birmingham, (gas) 1/13/1989



Amoco Station #5696

2483 W Maple, Bloomfield Township, 5/26/1992



Budget Rent A Car

1000 E Maple, Birmingham, 6/1/1990



Budget Rent-a-car

1000 E Maple, Birmingham, 5/11,1990



Mobil SS #03-K9Q

1065 W Maple, Birmingham, (gas) 6/15/2004



Quarton Woodward Service

1599 S. Woodward, Birmingham, (gas) 5/19/1997



Northpointe Office Bldg.

2525 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, 10/1/1987



Shell

3690 Maple Bloomfield Township, 6/12/1989; 7/12/1995/; 3/1/2000; 5/10/2000



Sunoco #0008-4079

42994 Woodward, Bloomfield Township, 8/16/1988



Academy Of The Sacred Heart

1250 Kensington, Bloomfield Township, 6/26/1995



Bloomfield Hills Country Club

350 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, 1/1/1985



Former Sunoco Station

2385 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, 10/1/1987



Amoco SS #14209

2481 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, (gas) 5/12/2004



Amoco Station #5643

6495 Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, 1/6/1992



Amoco Station #5643

6495 Telegraph Bloomfield Township, 3/20/2002



Amoco #5451

4009 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Township, 8/3/1989



Cranbrook Educational Community

1000 Vaughan, Bloomfield Hills, 8/24/1990



Shell Station

39580 N Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, 12/19/1994; 8/29/1994; 12/2/2003



Elliot Cohen Property

1185 Eton Cross Road, Bloomfield Hills, 3/2/1995



Woodward Ave & Square Lake Road

2510 N. Woodward, Bloomfield Township, 4/12/2000



Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality






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