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Trust for ex-GM sites readies pollution report

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM

The entity known as The RACER Trust intends to submit its report this month to the Department of Environmental Quality, the Lansing State Journal reported Thursday. It comes in response to the discovery of contaminants in water and soil samples taken at now-demolished plants in the Lansing area.

The trust said it intends to limit potential redevelopment of three sites to commercial or industrial uses. It also seeks to restrict new tenants from tapping into groundwater wells. Officials say they expect a response from the state by September, and formal cleanup of the sites could begin next year.

RACER stands for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response. It was formed in 2011 after the GM bankruptcy two years earlier.

Grant Trigger, the trust's cleanup manager for the former GM properties in Michigan, said about $18 million is budgeted for the Lansing work and $500 million has been set aside for cleanup in the 14 states where RACER has properties.

Officials said Friday that the trust had completed about 30 property transactions worth more than $25 million since it was established.

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