Delphi to pay $23.1 million to clean up sites in Flint, Saginaw
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:07:04 GMT —
United States officials are keeping former manufacturers accountable for their properties in Mid-Michigan.
The last of Flint Delphi plant shut down less than a month ago leaving behind what environment officials say is polluted soil and groundwater.
"It's pretty bad down there," said Flint resident, William Ashcraft.
"I think we should have a park over there for some kids because it is just a big open space," said nearby resident, Tara Rye.
The final straw for Delphi East coming in early November when plant operations were halted and relocated to Mexico leaving behind what environmental officials say is a vast area of contaminated groundwater and soil.
"I've talked to people that have wanted it and said they would do something with it but the ground being contaminated they said you really can't do anything with it," said Ashcraft.
Delphi owes $23.1 million dollars to clean up sites in Flint, Saginaw and Ohio.
The United States Attorneys Office says it is "preventing polluters from escaping their environmental responsibilities."
Flint business leaders say it gives the area a new lease on life.
"Having resources and potentially some new organization on the front line to help work with us to help redevelop the site will be helpful," said Janice Karcher, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
The future is unclear but the possibilities, say officials, are endless.
"We'll continue to welcome new companies and go out and find prospects for the sites here in Flint and Genesee County," said Karcher.
In Saginaw the plant that will be cleaned up is located along East Holland Avenue.