|The Lange and Revere Street Canals in St. Clair Shores, MI|
|“This investigation resulted in the discovery of the PCBs located in the soils adjacent to the drain and in some surficial soils in the area of Bon Brae and Harper Avenue.”|
Due to the nature of the Site having contaminated soils impacted by migration of contaminants from an unknown source or sources, there is no information on the operational history. Since there is no currently known facility or facilities that the contamination can be attributed to, there is no way to document the operations that likely caused these contaminants to be released into the environment.The report, while providing generous information on testing activities, the geology of the site, and acronyms for various laws, never manages to answer the responsibility question. Surely an examination of zoning records, interviewing locals and other less “sciency” methods would uncover the source? The pollution comes from humans, after all, not a particular sediment structure. It also fails to illuminate why the contamination would remain after clean up. Maybe I’m counting too much on the importance of responsibility? Major environmental crimes are often treated like they have no perpetrator.