Michigan Is Struggling Under the Burden of Orphan Leaky Abandoned Storage Tanks
There are some 9,100 LUSTS (Leaky Underground Storage Tanks) in Michigan. Fourteen hundred of these pose an immediate threat to groundwater. The average cost for a LUSTcleanup is $400,000. State laws favoring landowners have left the state with some 4500 “orphan” sites to pay cleanup on, after the gasoline vendors pocketed their money and moved on.
Cleanup of these orphan sites would take 90 years and cost the state $1.8 billion. Michigan is broke.