OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – The mandatory evacuation notice has been lifted for the Franklin Village Plaza. Two of the five businesses, Franklin Nail and Spa and Franklin Cleaners, may resume normal operations due to the successful removal of the tank found in the crawl space of the building, the installation of vapor barriers and air filtration devices, and satisfactory air quality results.
The mandatory evacuation order has been downgraded to a voluntary evacuation order for Tailoring and More, Fritz and Friends, and Village Boutique. Oakland County Health Divisionstrongly recommends these businesses remain closed pending satisfactory air quality test results. Air quality testing will continue for the next several days in attempts to verify satisfactory air quality results in these spaces.
All businesses in the Franklin Village Plaza are required to utilize temporary air filtration devices 24 hours a day pending the installation of a permanent system. Air quality monitoring will continue in the coming months.
The mandatory evacuation was issued after a storage tank with Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and petroleum by-products was discovered under the businesses at Franklin Village Plaza, 32716-32744 Franklin Rd. PCE is a nonflammable, colorless liquid used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing. The chemical is likely present due to a previous dry cleaner and gas station that were on the property in the 1930s – 1970s, as the current dry cleaner located in the plaza does not conduct dry cleaning or store chemicals onsite.
Unsatisfactory levels of PCE over a long time may cause color vision loss and changes in mood, memory, attention, and reaction time. Exposure to PCE could lead to higher risk of getting certain types of cancer and a higher risk of birth defects.
MDEQ will continue collecting soil, groundwater, and vapor samples at this location and neighboring parcels over the next six months, conducting additional mitigation and remediation as needed.
For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or call Environmental Health at 248-858-1312 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter. For questions regarding the MDEQ role in this site, contact Josh Scheels at 586-324-0372. For questions regarding the MDEQ Vapor Intrusion program, contact Shane Morrison @ 517-284-5063.