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Campau Ave Drum

Site Contact:
Sean Kane


Site Location:
13200 Joseph Campau Ave
Detroit, MI 48212


On the first week of October 2022, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), began a property cleanup, known as an emergency response removal, at a former auto repair shop located at 13200 Joseph Campau Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.  

EPA’s initial screening results indicated that 16 abandoned 55-gallon drums may contain hazardous waste. In addition, sampling throughout the building has confirmed the presence of asbestos-containing materials. EPA is beginning the cleanup immediately because the former repair shop is close to a school and residences.


EPA has completed on-site cleanup activities. We’ve removed site equipment and have secured the site to prevent unauthorized access to the property. The cleanup involved:

  • Removing asbestos co­mingled with building debris from the interior floor
  • Removing asbestos containing thermal system insulation wraps from overhead pipes
  • Preparing over 300 used tires and miscellaneous small containers for disposal
  • Disposing of 160 cubic yards of asbestos waste in asbestos designated double lined roll off boxes. 
  • Collecting and properly disposing of 1,495 gallons of liquid hazardous waste.


The Campau Avenue Drum site is located at 13200 Joseph Campau Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The site is a commercially developed lot, approximately half an acre in size, with one building that was previously used as an auto repair shop. The site is next to Joseph Campau Avenue to the west, Dearing Street to the south, Grant Street to the north, and residences to the east. Across the street on Joseph Campau Avenue there is an elementary school.

The City of Detroit was planning to demolish the building on the property but referred the site to EPA after unmarked drums and other containers were found in the building.


At the end of September, EPA conducted a site assessment (SA) at the site to determine threats to the public health and the environment. As part of the SA, EPA collected and tested materials suspected to contain asbestos from the floor of the building. Sampling results confirmed the presence of asbestos-containing materials. In addition, EPA screened 16 drums and 3 totes within the building. Initial screening results indicated that the drums and totes may contain hazardous waste.


EPA’s first step is to secure the site with fencing and temporary signs to prevent unauthorized access to the property. EPA is coordinating with Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); City of Detroit Environmental Affairs; Detroit Public School System Department of Environmental Health and Safety; and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). EPA is working along with federal, state and local partners to ensure the safety of those living and working in the area.

If you have technical questions regarding the cleanup at the site you can contact the EPA’s On-Scene Coordinator, Sean Kane at 734-214-4897 or kane.sean@epa.gov. For community related questions you can contact EPA’s Community Involvement Coordinator for the site, Diane Russell at 989-395-3493 or russell.diane@epa.gov.