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RACER Trust to review findings of groundwater testing at Lansing sites

Posted: 7:17 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 16:02:08Z

The sites of several former General Motors properties in the Lansing area have been undergoing environmental testing. The group that owns those properties, Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust will give an update on those findings Thursday evening.

RACER Trust owns Plant 2 and 3 in Lansing Charter Township, and Plant 6 in Lansing.

PFAS was found in groundwater near Plant 3. As a result, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approved a plan in June for RACER Trust to test groundwater in its other sites.

PFAS is made up of hundreds of different chemicals used in Scotchgard, chrome plating, even in foam to fight gasoline fires. PFAS was also the cause of the water emergency on the west side of the state last month.

The tests were done in the West Side and Dunnebacke Parks which are east of Plant 3, and in the Old Oakland neighborhood.

RACER Trust took over the plants after GM filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

The update will be given at Lansing Sexton High School at 102 McPherson Avenue in Lansing at 6 PM in the auditorium.

Personnel from the MDEQ, which oversees RACER's environmental activities at the Lansing-area properties, and RACER's environmental consultants also will be on hand to answer questions.