Superfund Site: ADAM'S PLATING

Superfund Site Profile


Before 1964, a dry cleaning business that stored dry cleaning fluid in a 500-gallon underground storage tank occupied the former Adams Plating building. The tank was removed in the 1950s, reportedly due to leaking.

Ownership changed in 1964 and electroplating operations began, which used metals such as chrome, nickel and copper. Waste disposal practices before 1980 led to contamination of surrounding soil and underground water supplies called “groundwater.” The primary concern at the site was chromium in the soil. The government placed the location on the National Priorities List, or NPL, in March 1989. The NPL is a list of hazardous waste sites eligible for cleanup under EPA’s Superfund program.

 Between 1980 and 1993, officials performed a number of investigations and collected air, groundwater, soil, and surface water data. As a result, removal actions were implemented as part of an emergency response. EPA signed a record of decision in 1993, completed the initial cleanup in 1994, and has performed three, five-year reviews to ensure the cleanup steps taken in the 1990s still protect human health and the environment.

 In 2010 a fire destroyed the Adams Plating building. EPA and MDEQ conducted an emergency cleanup that tackled hazardous chemicals moving off the property due to the fire. In 2011, EPA demolished and removed debris from the building, removed hazardous substances stored on the property, and removed and replaced contaminated soil.