The Detroit Steel Company or the McLouth Steel Company at 1491 W. Jefferson Ave. in Trenton, Mich. photographed on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (photo: © Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

McLouth Steel In Trenton Added To EPA's National Priority List For Cleanup

May 14, 2019 - 8:48 am

TRENTON (WWJ) - The Environmental Protection Agency is adding a former downriver industrial site to its priority list. 

The old McLouth Steel site in Trenton is being listed as a Superfund site. The EPA designation means contamination at the site poses severe human and environmental health risks. 

The McLouth Steel site, located along the Detroit River on West Jefferson Avenue, has been split into two sections: the north and south. Contamination on southern portion stems from the facility’s former steel-making process and acid pickling line operation.  

"After sitting idle for years, the McLouth site has a different owner and a different future. The fact that it was the only one in Michigan chosen as an EPA Superfund site during this selection period speaks to the importance of this property and the amount of work and cleanup yet to do," Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a statement. "This is another step toward revitalizing one of our biggest eyesores and making it productive again for Trenton and the entire Downriver community."

McLouth Steel joins six other properties recently added to EPA's superfund site list, which serves as a way for the federal government to prioritize cleanup funding and enforcement action. 

McLouth Steel originally consisted of approximately 273 acres and operated from about 1950 until 1995. In 2000, Manuel Maroun purchased the 76-acre northern portion of the facility. In 2017, Wayne County acquired 183 acres of the 197-acre southern portion through tax foreclosure. Crown Enterprises, a Moroun family business, bought the property from the county last fall.