Detroit Edison ‘Mighty Marysville’ plant imploded

According to the Detroit Free Press, samples of dust that landed in Canada after the implosion of the former Marysville DTE power plant in late 2015 have tested negative for asbestos.

Kate Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, said “The samples are back and testing did not detect any asbestos,” Jordan said in an e-mail. “We’ve informed the property owners whose homes the samples were collected from as well as the city.”

Canadian residents raised concerns about possible asbestos fibers in the dust cloud that spread across the St. Clair River after the Nov. 7 implosion, prompting officials to take samples for testing.

The former Marysville plant, which operated between 1922 and 2001 was imploded after months of preliminary demolition to make way for development at the riverside property. The Michigan power plant was decommissioned in 2011.

Marysville Public Safety Chief Tom Konik said, in preparing for the implosion, Sitetech Inc. of Grafton, Ohio, looked for and removed asbestos from the building numerous times. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an independent third party also reviewed those asbestos removal efforts.

Marysville officials have laid out a proposal for the redevelopment of the property that would include a hotel, condominiums, restaurants, outdoor seating, a riverfront promenade and specialty shops.

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