Ford Motor Company has said it plans to continue testing groundwater in Livonia, Michigan after having found vinyl chloride – a possible cancer agent – in the vicinity of its Transmission Plant there.
The Detroit News reports that where the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets a limit of 2 parts-per-billion for vinyl chloride in drinking water, Ford observed the compound in quantities as high as 9 parts-per-billion north of Boston Post St. in Livonia, about 12 to 15 feet below ground. Ford says that drinking water in the city is unaffected, as it is provided by the nearby city of Detroit and the Great Lakes Water Authority.
Nonetheless, Ford will continue to test Livonia’s groundwater in cooperation with local government and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The vinyl chloride is believed to have come from the natural breakdown of trichloroethylene – a chemical degreaser used at Ford’s Livonia Transmission Plant until the 1980s.