Diamond Chrome ends use of TCE in degreasing process

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Diamond Chrome Plating has informed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) that it will no longer use trichloroethylene (TCE) and is removing the compound from its Howell facility.

EGLE – in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Livingston County Health Department, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – is committed to thoroughly reviewing alternatives proposed by the company in order to ensure protection of public health and the environment.

Previous air sampling found high levels of TCE in the area around the Diamond Chrome Plating facility at 604 S. Michigan Ave., creating a public health hazard. Following a notice to cease releases of TCE from the facility on Nov. 18, 2019, Diamond Chrome stopped operation of its degreaser, the suspected source of the TCE emissions.

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