- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Crews are expected to begin cleaning up a contaminated property in Grand Rapids that contains thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals next week.

The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1MNVudV ) reports that the Kent County Land Bank Authority acquired the former Hard Chrome Plating Co. property last year from the city of Grand Rapids after it was abandoned by the owners and foreclosed for nonpayment of taxes. Containers and plating baths filled with toxic chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and hydrochloric acid, were found inside of the 6,000-square-foot building.

The land bank said in a news release that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin work on the $100,000 cleanup project next Tuesday.

The federal agency also will determine if any responsible parties are liable for the contamination.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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