Lengthy clean up of former GM sites could start next year

Jul 10, 2014

Lansing Township Planning and Development Director Steven Hayward stands at the site of the former General Motors metal forge along West Saginaw. GM used the solvent 1,4 dioxane in its manufacturing process before the plant was shut down a decade ago. The contamination will be cleaned up by RACER Trust, the company charged with managing some 90 former General Motors properties across the country.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

This week, Lansing area residents had an opportunity to learn more about what’s happening at the large vacant tracts of land along West Saginaw where General Motors factory buildings once stood. The three sites were torn down in 2005 and in the last 18 months, officials have found chemical contamination on the grounds including 1,4 Dioxane.  

RACER Trust, the company that manages the properties, held a public meeting Tuesday to give an update on their plans to clean up the sites. 

Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Steven Hayward, the planning and development director for Lansing Township. He explains that 1,4 Dioxane is used to clean automobiles which eventually seeped into the ground at the sites.

Current State also speaks with Patricia Spitzley, RACER Trust's Deputy Redevelopment Manager.