Official City of Howell Message Regarding
TCE Vapor around Diamond Chrome Plating Facility
The City of Howell was notified by the Livingston County Health Department that Trichloroethylene (TCE) was detected in the ambient air around the Diamond Chrome Plating Facility, located at 604 S. Michigan Avenue, at levels of concern on Friday November 15, 2019. Since the notice, City Officials, including the Howell Police Department and Howell Area Fire Authority have been in discussions with County Health, State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, formerly (MDEQ) and the US Environmental Protection Agency to discuss their plans to better assess conditions and remedy the potential health risk.
The City is committed to assisting the County, State and Federal Agencies in their efforts to investigate the release of TCE into the ambient air. These agencies suspect that the TCE is being emitted from a degreaser at the Diamond Chrome Plating facility. On Monday November 18, 2019, the Livingston County Health Department issued a public health order and served the order on Diamond Chrome to stop TCE gas from leaving their building.
We have been notified that Diamond Chrome has complied with the public health notification and is no longer using the process that emits TCE. County, State and Federal agencies are continuing to monitor the ambient air in the areas of concern and will be holding a public meeting at Parker Middle School this Thursday November 21, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline, 1-800-648-6942
Livingston County Health Department, 517-546-9858