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Of the 32 open cases in the Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Bloomfield Township areas, 12 are classified as "inactive" status; 17 are "stopped" status; two are on "active" status; and one site is considered "new."

"If they haven't submitted anything for a year, it may be inactive or stopped status," Owens said. "We don't always have the resources to follow up on all of them, but we try to look at the ones that present the biggest threats. There are definitely a significant number that aren't moving forward the way they should. A lot of that has to do with the responsible parties going through bankruptcy or running out of money."

Statewide, the DEQ has 31 open cases where releases are considered hazardous. The remaining releases are categorized as either class 1, class 2, class 3 or class 4 sites, with class 1 posing the greatest risk and class 4 sites approaching closure. Statewide, there are 1,282 class 1 sites; 1,584 class 2 sites; 2,374 class 3 sites; and 999 class 4 sites. The number of unclassified sites in the state is about 2,995.

Terri Golla, project manager for the DEQ's Remediation and Redevelopment Division's Southeast Michigan District, said she isn't aware of any hazardous or class 1 sites in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. However, there are sites where the amount of known information is limited.

Owners of a LUST site may be able to submit a baseline environmental assessment to the DEQ. The assessment provides basic information about the site, and it protects a potential purchaser of the property so that they aren't held liable for the contamination on the property. Golla said a site may be considered inactive if it has had such an assessment done.

"The liability lies with whoever caused the release, or whoever contributed, so there could be more than one party," Golla said. "Property owners can transfer use and say that the contamination was there when they bought it."

In instances where heavy contamination is found, the owner of the property may be required to conduct some mitigation, even if the use is changed.

For the public, the fallout remains significant. Leaking fluid may contaminate soil, poison groundwater or result in vapor releases from beneath the surface. In some cases, the amount and type of release is so old that it breaks down naturally.

"Most of the time, if it gets into the groundwater, it could migrate faster, so if there are drinking water wells nearby, it could be a problem," Golla said. "In Birmingham and Bloomfield, it's not as much of a drinking water issue. It could be a vapor issue, but usually petroleum vapors aren't as bad as, say, a dry cleaner. But you could still have an issue. Usually, it has to be pretty heavily contaminated."

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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


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


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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