Ford Livonia Boston Beacon Project:

Ford Motor Company is testing underground water in the neighborhood east of the Livonia Transmission Plant.

What is happening?

While renovating the Livonia Transmission Plant, we discovered vinyl chloride in underground water on the east side of the plant. Ford is investigating the issue to determine the potentially affected area, and verify if any action is required. Importantly, all samples collected to date show no health risk to residents, and drinking water is not at risk.

Crews worked on Belden Court, and Beacon, Boston Post and Wadsworth streets.

Additional testing has been completed.

Is there a risk or impact to me and my family?

All information and samples collected to date continue to show no health risk to residents.

Area residents should all be connected to the city of Livonia’s water source, which is from Detroit and now known as the Great Lakes Water Authority, so there is no impact to your home’s drinking water.

On-site environmental and safety personnel oversaw and managed the work. Ford’s top priority was to ensure safe operations and protect residents and bystanders.

Recent Updates

NewA groundwater treatment system was installed in March 2017 to prevent migration of groundwater impacts from the Ford Livonia property. As part of the ongoing monitoring efforts in the neighborhood and commitment to the community, residents and the environment, Ford will install permanent groundwater monitoring wells and temporary soil vapor monitoring points within the neighborhood east of the Livonia Transmission Plant in April and May. Their purpose will be to further evaluate vinyl chloride in groundwater and soil vapor.

As part of our ongoing commitment to keep the community updated, please note that the second-round testing has been completed and analyzed. All information and samples collected to date continue to show no health risks to residents and there is no impact to your home’s drinking water.

During our June 2016 sampling, nine borings indicated vinyl chloride levels above MDEQ’s most stringent criterion for drinking water at 2 parts-per-billion. However, the level detected to the east has dropped from 9 ppb at one testing location (HPT-80) on Boston Post Road to 5.9 ppb at two other testing locations (HPT-116 and HPT-118) on the vacant property south of Rosati Drive.

In July 2016, Ford Motor Company drilled additional temporary borings to test groundwater and to identify where the vinyl chloride migration stops east of the Livonia Transmission Plan. The boring locations and groundwater data collected to date are shown on Figure 1. The data indicates that the extent of the vinyl chloride has successfully been defined. As a result, Ford will continue to apprise the City of Livonia and work closely with the MDEQ on this project to review and take the necessary next steps.

As part of the next step to further evaluate conditions in the neighborhood, an assessment of underground soil vapor is required by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). This assessment requires the consideration of property-specific factors including building construction. If you have received a letter with a subject line of Environmental Investigation Building Construction Survey, please complete the included survey and return it by Friday, December 23. If you have not received this letter, no action is required at this time.

We will continue to work directly with area residents and keep you informed. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions:

Ford will continue informing our neighbors of this work and progress, and we welcome any questions you may have. Please check back frequently for additional information.

February's Informational Public Meeting

Ford held an informational public meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, at the Livonia Plant's Automatic Transmission Office Building where neighbors received answers to questions and learned more about the testing work that is being done.


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