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In general, the inclusion of a property as an open LUST site in the DEQ's database doesn't necessarily indicate a health hazard. Some sites that have been identified as open LUST sites maintain monitoring systems and have been redeveloped for new purposes, such as restaurants. Experts say they would eat at those new sites. Contamination at other sites is less known.

For instance, the DEQ's database lists 1100 Derby, in Birmingham, as the location of a 20,000 gallon heating oil tank which leaked in 1988. The DEQ's database lists the site as Derby Middle School, although the current address of the school is 1300 Derby. The school likely encompasses the property. Additional information about the site wasn't available, Golla said, as the DEQ doesn't consider heating oil tanks part of the LUST program.

A similar lack of information is found in a case file regarding a 1990 release at Quarton Elementary School at Chesterfield and Oak streets in Birmingham. Golla said the file doesn't contain any information, and nothing has been submitted by the owner of the property, which is Birmingham Public Schools.

Other local property owners have cleared themselves of responsibility, such as the site of a former gas station at 33801 Woodward in Birmingham, which was subsequently made into Neighborhood Hardware store and recently closed and sold. Golla said the property owner there has submitted a baseline environmental assessment, therefore alleviating themselves of responsibility.

"There was contamination there, but we aren't sure who the liable party is," she said. "There was a former tank system there, which isn't there anymore. So there is probably contaminated soil or groundwater, which was noted in the report."

Other reports are more detailed. Jax Kar Wash, 34745 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, was the site of groundwater contamination from a LUST. According to Golla, the depth of the contamination was between 3 and 12 feet deep in water that flowed to the east of the location. The last report from the site was submitted in 2005, and a baseline assessment has since been submitted, so the current owner, Bruce Milen, president of Jax Kar Wash, isn't liable for submitting further information.

"When the properties are sold, it's hard to track down a liable party," Golla said. "The person that is liable, they have to pay for a consultant to do the work."

The lack of a responsible party is one of the roadblocks to closing a LUST site that might be nearing closure in the DEQ's database. In order to speed the process, and to better assess the threat of such sites, the DEQ triage of sites may help speed the process.

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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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