of health at Bay Harbor
I read the recent story concerning claims of historical waste dumping at the former Penn Dixie Cement Plant site that has been reclaimed and turned into the Bay Harbor resort and two public parks.
Below is another perspective on the claims made in the article and the facts as we know them.
It does appear that a meeting and follow up interviews were conducted with local individuals by the U.S. Coast Guard. CMS Land was not invited to the meeting and any information gathered from the meeting and interviews was not shared with CMS.
CMS Land has however, seen parts of the report that was obtained by the Friends of the Jordan River Watershed Council. Despite the numerous claims made in the article of barrels of waste being buried at the site, the sections of the Coast Guard report that we were able to view concluded, No additional investigative action to be pursued in this matter. This preliminary investigation is closed.
The cement plant and quarry that once occupied the site were in operation for more than 100 years. CMS Land simply does not know all actions that may have been taken on this site over the past 100 plus years.
What we know for sure is that CMS Land has taken more than 1,300 soil, groundwater and surface water samples, has installed 340 groundwater monitoring wells, and completed an extensive geophysical investigation of the site. Despite this extensive scientific study, barrels containing toxic waste have not been discovered.
Another fact is that despite tests conducted over the course of several years that never demonstrated any contamination from cement dust in Bay Harbor Lake, several organizations, including individuals critical of the remediation project, conducted another test of the lake in 2006.
The test included water samples and EPA divers surveying the lake below the water surface. The lake once again was given a clean bill of health.
The story stated that CMS Land has blocked the efforts of plaintiffs in a lawsuit to take samples from the site. Regulatory agencies and judges presiding over the disposal well lawsuit have heard numerous legal pleadings, requests and desires and have determined what is appropriate and established specific requirements concerning the lawsuit. CMS is fully honoring those requirements and expects others to do the same. In fact, plaintiffs in that suit have been on site to take water samples within the past month.
Environmental and reclamation plans were developed, reviewed and approved by state regulators and the Bay Harbor development and two public parks were reclaimed from an abandoned brownfield site that had been described as a moonscape. Today, this once unproductive land where contamination was open to the elements and escaped unabated has been transformed into a world class resort that draws visitors from around the world and is an important economic contributor to Northwest Michigan.
We believe there is much to be proud of at the project. In addition to the important economic impact of the site, the original development significantly improved the environment and CMS Land is now improving upon that protection. CMS Land has worked for more than three years and spent more than $80 million addressing environmental issues at the site.
CMS remains committed to completing remediation work and achieving results that safeguard the public and environment.
Timothy Petrosky Area Manager CMS Land Company
In response to Michele Lonoconus letter regarding Obamas choice to obtain a dog from a breeder as opposed to adopting, I agree we should be looking in our own backyard and focusing on adopting dogs. However, we need to eliminate the reasons many dogs are in need of rescue in the first place!
If everyone bought from a responsible breeder, or adopted a dog (whose temperament matched the prospective owner), there wouldnt be thousands of dogs in shelters.
Unfortunately, we have many backyard breeders and accidental breedings. The problems with obtaining dogs from these kinds of situations are: 1. Lack of genetic screening; 2. Sellers dont take back the puppy/dog if the owner cant keep it; 3. Buyers are not screened or advised on responsible dog care; 4. Sellers dont require spaying/neutering.
Improper breeding often leads to hyper, hard-to-train, and possibly genetically-unsound dogs. Only knowledgeable, experienced people should be breeders to prevent over-population and unwanted litters of puppies.
I cannot stress enough the importance of prospective buyers understanding that acquiring a dog is a lifetime commitment. It is critical that the buyer understands the temperament of the breed to ensure that it matches the owners lifestyle. A sedentary type person shouldnt have an active breed, or someone with small children shouldnt have a feisty terrier.
Owners need to understand the importance of early socialization and training (critical periods are prior to age 16 weeks). However, training at any age is important to ensure a well-behaved dog.
Reputable breeders understand these critical points and guide prospective owners. They CARE about the well being of the puppy... they ask YOU questions. They specify the type of care needed and will take the puppy back at any time if the buyer cannot keep it.
Diane Russell via email
New injection wells
Typically, oil and gas companies use Class II deep injection wells to dispose of liquid waste from gas and oil drilling. This waste is called brine. Not much is written about a Class II well. It puts back into the earth what was taken out, mainly salt water or brine as it is called. Oil and gas companies have done it for years. Now there are a rash of new permit applications in and around our Grand Traverse area.
Hubbel Orchards in the whitewater Township, located close to the shores of Elk Lake, is changing the status of a Class II Permit of a deep injection well already in the ground to a Class I permit. Class I permits are for industrial liquid waste disposal. Waste like cherry brine, and the cement kiln dust leachate from Bay Harbor.
A Class II permit for Acme, across from the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, and LochenHeath Development.
A Class II permit for Leelanau County is in the process of going through the system.
Strange how these permits seem to be located in or near cherry orchards. The liquid brine waste from cherry production is in my estimation hazardous waste; not just industrial waste. Could these Class II permit applications become a Class I application next year, or the year after that?
My worry begins and ends with our watershed throughout Michigan.
I plan on attending the joint public hearing scheduled for May 19, at the Mill Creek Elementary School, located in Williamsburg. The public is urged to attend.
Rachelle Babcock Acme
Last week‘s article on author Glenn Puit incorrectly identified Todd Bunting as accompanying Timothy McVeigh to a truck rental shop. Bunting was, in fact, a non-participant who happened to be in the shop as a coincidence and did not know McVeigh.