Original Story: freep.com
In less than two weeks, the Mighty Marysville power plant is coming down.
Public Safety Chief Tom Konik said the city granted a blast permit for Nov. 7 for the implosion of the former DTE Energy power plant. A Michigan environmental lawyer is reviewing the details of this case.
Konik announced the implosion date during the city’s Monday council meeting.
Crews began to dismantle the plant in spring 2014 to make way for new development at the site. Commercial Development Company purchased the plant from DTE Energy in May 2014.
The 12-story plant operated from 1932 through 2001. It was decommissioned in 2011.
Last week, Marysville unveiled conceptual plans for the site — plans that included a multi-floor hotel, condominium housing, shops, outdoor seating, a park and riverfront promenade. A Cleveland environmental lawyer is following this story closely.
In September, the city set conditions that had to be met before the building could be imploded.
Konik said nearly all of those requirements have been met, and the remaining ones will be met prior to the implosion.
Conditions included an independent confirmation that hazardous material had been removed from the site, a model displaying post-blast dust dispersal, and safety assurances from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Konik said experts have researched potential issues that might arise because of dust or vibrations created by the roughly 8.5-second implosion. While dust is unavoidable, Konik said, officials have mapped out areas that could be impacted and will spray water on the building and grounds to mitigate potential issues. A Greenville environmental lawyer represents clients in all areas of general environmental law, including but limited to toxic torts and air pollution allegations.
Water trucks and other cleanup equipment will be standing by in the event of any issues.
Konik said the city’s water intake will be closed just prior to the implosion as a precaution, but he doesn’t expect the anticipated dust to affect downriver intakes.
“We’ve done all of the modeling of the potentials to show that none of those structures appear to have any risk,” Konik said.
“We’ve talked about planning for worse case scenarios and we think we’re prepared for the worse case scenario.”
The implosion is scheduled for 8 a.m. Nov. 7, but Konik said roadways will be shut down in the “exclusion zone” from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Gratiot Boulevard from Ravenswood Road to St. James Street will be shut down as part of the exclusion zone. Busha Highway from Gratiot Boulevard to Huron Boulevard also will be closed during that time.
Konik said, while the implosion is not a “spectator’s sport,” the best view of the implosion would be at Market Square on Gratiot Boulevard in Marysville, across the river in Canada, or by boat outside the exclusion zone on the St. Clair River.
Businesses within the exclusion zone _ Blue Water Aggregate, Linwood Bar, and All State Insurance – will make other accommodations during the implosion.
Residents within the exclusion area must either leave the area during that time or stay indoors as the noise of the blast will reach high levels.
Konik said Sitetech Inc. will have an area for residents in the exclusion zone to stay if they wish to leave their homes during the implosion.
Residents in the exclusion zone will be contacted before the implosion.
Mike Brehse, project manager with Sitetech Inc., said he expects the cleanup after the implosion to take about six months.