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Your tax dollars may clean abandoned dumping ground

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Just across Western Road from the pristine waters of Kearsley Lake, lies a growing eye soar that's turned into a dumping ground.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Just across Western Road from the pristine waters of Kearsley Lake, lies a growing eye soar that's turned into a dumping ground.

It is home to graffiti, tires, hardened paint cans and other assorted junk.

A MDEQ official says "we are investigating to see how bad it is."


At one time, it was the home to a roofing company, and perhaps a landfill.

But these days, the five-acre site is full of chunks of concrete and according to the MDEQ, much more hazardous substances.

Paul Bucholtz, an environmental analyst with the MDEQ says "we have some history on this site telling us there's probably a lot of foundry sand being used to back fill it. The use was a roofing company and a metal working facility. So that's where we're coming from."


Right now it's owned by the Genesee County Land Bank.

It would like to redevelop it into light industrial, according to the cities master plan.

MDEQ officials say they're applying for grants to clean it up.

Ron Smedley, who writes grants for the state says "we're estimating right now a minimum of $240,000. It may cost more or less. So we would make up the difference with state funding if we could do that."

The site is just across the Kearsley Creek from the also abandoned Shady Acres Trailer Park.

Its also owned by the Genesee County Land Bank and they're also looking for grants to get it cleaned up.


Next door, Bucholtz says there's a 50-50 chance they'll get the federal money to clean it up.