Illegal chemical dumping under investigation in Manistique

MANISTIQUE — Investigation continues into the illegal dumping of a chemical into the Manistique sewer system, which officials were alerted to last weekend following a report of noxious fumes on the 200 block of South Cedar Street in downtown Manistique.

According to a news release from Manistique Public Safety, officers responded at 11:40 a.m. Saturday to the report of noxious fumes at 222 S. Cedar St., the former location of the King Koin Laundromat, now owned by Edward Smith of Manistique.

Investigation determined individuals working on the building had dumped three 55-gallon drums containing a mixture of rain water and an unknown chemical into the basement sewer.

While at the scene, police were notified an alarm at the wastewater plant had indicated the presence of a volatile organic carbon in the city sewer system. The Edward Smith building was evacuated for safety reasons and pending the investigation of the dumping of the prohibited substance, which is a violation of the Manistique city ordinances.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was also contacted and is monitoring the intentional chemical dump which could result in violations being cited against those responsible, said Manistique Public Safety Director Ken Golat.