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Late 2015: Ford discovered vinyl chloride at the Livonia Transmission Plant during renovations. Ford began investigating the extent of the impact. When it was discovered that impacts migrated offsite, Ford notified EGLE (formerly known as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality).
February 8, 2016: Ford hosted a community informational meeting to explain the groundwater-testing project and answer community questions.
February 9, 2016: Ford began testing groundwater in the neighborhood.
March 2017: Ford installed a groundwater capture and treatment system to prevent additional vinyl chloride migration offsite. The treatment system has captured and treated millions of gallons of water since start up.
July 2017: Ford entered into a consent decree with EGLE, which requires us to conduct investigations and remedial activities under a schedule while EGLE maintains formal regulatory oversight.
August 20, 2018: EGLE hosted a public informational meeting on the remediation plan.
October 2018: At the request of EGLE, additional shallow groundwater wells were installed to enhance the monitoring plan.
March 21, 2019: EGLE hosted a town hall to update the community on the remediation activities.
April 2019: Ford established a Value Assurance Program (VAP) for the properties adjacent to the plant.
June 12, 2019: Ford introduced Theresa Olechiw as a dedicated liaison to the community.
February 2019 through October 2020: Ford installed mitigation systems within select residential homes at EGLE’s request.
Current Efforts: Ford continues to work closely under the guidance of EGLE as ongoing monitoring continues. Ford has continued to update the community website and keep the neighborhood, the city of Livonia and EGLE updated on our progress.