Case closed on 148 N. Main environmental issue

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality closed the case on 148 North Main in Clarkston.
The closure report on the former muffler shop, written by MDEQ Project Manager Terri Golla and submitted on May 29, found corrective efforts to be satisfactory, with “no demonstrable long-term threats to human health, safety, or sensitive environmental receptors.”
State environmental law required an audit be complete within 90 days or the report would be considered approved. No audit was requested, and the report was considered final as of Oct. 1.
According to MDEQ, 148 N. Main has been an automotive related business since around 1920. In 1991, MDEQ found four underground tanks leaking gasoline. Two were installed in 1951, and the others in 1972.
The DEQ found a plume of pollution around the property in 2015, when it was being considered for use as a coffee shop.
The report was based on findings showing the residual contamination was shrinking due to natural biodegradation, aided by property owners’ remedial actions and the coarse-grained sandy soils in the area.
The property is currently occupied by Morgan’s Auto Repair.
The report means no further monitoring is required, but property owner Curt Catallo has no immediate plan to abandon the existing monitoring wells, said Neil Wallace, Catallo’s attorney.
“For now they will be available for future monitoring to confirm the plume continues to shrink,” Wallace said. “The deed holder and his consulting firm have worked hard to get us to this point. My client acquired control of this property fully aware of this problem and convinced from the experts that the development it wanted to do could be done without disturbing this ever-shrinking plume.”
– Phil Custodio

6 Responses to "Case closed on 148 N. Main environmental issue"

  1. Cory Johnston   November 8, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Does this mean another request for Village Commercial, more traffic problems, a drive through and all the other exceptions to the Zoning Ordinance that the city granted previously for this residential zoned property? Time will tell.

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  2. Phyllis   November 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Blah, Blah Blah Blah Blah!
    Just more noice Cory!

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  3. Mike Fetzer   November 12, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    It would be great if the Clarkston News required commenters to post with their full, real name. Comments like “blah, blah, blah” from a quasi anonymous, cowardly writer are juvenile and offer little substantive, useful information. They sound like something that might be expressed at a Trump/White House press conference, except there at least the identity of the fool is known.

    Even if one may not share every view expressed by Mr. Cory Johnston, it’s clear that he often presents reasonable concerns and perspectives that add value to community discussion…

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  4. Phyllis   November 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Blah, Blah, Blah!

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  5. Robert   November 13, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    So how much did that cost to buy off that report. Is this part of the 18 pages that the citizens paid for but can’t see?

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    • Phil Custodio   November 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

      The report was emailed to us at no cost. It was written this year so it’s not part of the 18 documents, which are from 2015.

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