motor wheel, inc.


The Motor Wheel Disposal Site (MWDS) is a 24-acre site, located on the northeast edge of Lansing, in Ingham County, Michigan. The site is bordered by abandoned Michigan Central Railroad tracks along the NW border, by the W.R. Grace & Co. plant to the south, and by the Lansing/Lansing Township boundary to the east. The Granger/North Lansing Sanitary Landfill is located northeast of the site, Paulson Street Landfill (currently a park) is located to the north, the Friedland Iron and Metal Company lies to the northwest, and the Board of Water and Light North Lansing Fill No. 2 is located to the southwest. The property was used by Motor Wheel Corporation as a disposal site for industrial waste from 1938 until about 1971. The MWDS lies in level to gently rolling topography resulting from depositional processes associated with the continental glaciers that covered Michigan during the Pleistocene Epoch. Aquifers in the glacial deposits are fed by precipitation and serve an important role in recharging the deeper aquifers. The glacial deposits in this area were laid down upon bedrock sediments of the Saginaw Formation. The Saginaw Formation comprises a bedrock aquifer that has been extensively exploited in the region, and is the principal source of water for the City of Lansing. The Saginaw Aquifer is recharged in places where it directly contacts the glacial aquifer. The remedy selected for the site includes capping the waste disposal area to limit infiltration, extraction and treatment of contaminated groundwater, land-use restrictions, and monitoring to assess the status of the remedy. The surrounding area is a mixture of residential and commercial property. Although there have been a number of zoning changes over the years, a similar mix of land uses will likely continue around the waste disposal area. The 24 acre waste disposal area is currently fenced and the contaminated soils are contained under a semi-permeable cap. Groundwater contamination and the infrastructure for the groundwater extraction system for the remedy extend approximately 1.5 miles south of the waste disposal area. The groundwater extraction and treatment portion of the remedy comprises monitoring wells, extraction wells, and a groundwater collection and transfer system to deliver water to a treatment facility located within the waste disposal area. Site Responsibility This site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible party actions.

Hazardous Ranking Score

49 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


        African American
        American Indian and Alaska Native
        Native Hawaiian


        People living
        within a 1 mile radius


        Average Income


        Occupied homes

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