Boston Beacon Project

About the project

Ford has been working with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the City of Livonia for several years to address an issue stemming from the Ford Livonia Transmission Plant (LTP). In late 2015, when Ford was in the process of upgrading the plant, it was determined that past manufacturing processes, which have since been discontinued, resulted in a chemical – vinyl chloride – being released into groundwater located seven feet or more below the ground surface. 

Since then, Ford has been investigating the issue and conducting remediation.

Ford remains fully committed to protecting human health and the environment.

All information to date has consistently shown no health risk to residents. If you receive a water bill there is no effect on your home’s drinking water because your drinking water is provided by the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Our Progress

Thousands of samples have been analyzed from the Alden Village neighborhood, with groundwater sampling completed quarterly.

Mitigation systems have been installed in select houses within Alden Village neighborhood as requested by EGLE.

A groundwater treatment system was installed in 2017 to prevent additional vinyl chloride from migrating offsite. The treatment system has captured and treated millions of gallons of groundwater since start up.

A Value Assurance Program was created to support property values and provide peace of mind for the properties adjacent to the plant.

Ford is committed to the health and safety of the Livonia community and ensuring our properties meet all environmental requirements for land use. Ford will continue to keep the community, City of Livonia and EGLE updated on our progress.

Ford continues to perform environmental work on and near our Livonia Transmission Plant under the direction of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).  In connection with ongoing analysis of neighboring utility corridors at EGLE’s direction, Ford recently requested access to select neighboring homes to provide a routine plumbing inspection.  We do not believe this poses a risk to residents’ health and well-being.