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Plan proposed to test Traverse City groundwater for cyanide

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Environmental officials say they hope to monitor groundwater in the area along the west arm of the Grand Traverse Bay for signs of cyanide contamination.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that a $600,000 work plan to install 26 permanent monitoring wells has been presented to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan was approved in May by local Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board members.

The proposal stems from cyanide contamination discovered during the construction of the Hotel Indigo. The discovery prompted cleanup efforts and a delay for the project.

Brownfield Redevelopment Director Jean Derenzy says the wells will help gauge how much contamination was remediated by the cleanup. Officials say the contamination stems from the area's industrialized period between 1900 and 1950.

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