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August 11, 2013

Cyanide investigation digs up TC's industrial history

TRAVERSE CITY — The news article from more than 100 years ago tells of an intriguing new company: the Traverse City Gas Co., which converted coal into gas near the Grand Traverse Bay, providing a “brilliant and dazzling display of light” to illuminate the city.

Today, the company’s legacy lives on, albeit in a far different light.

The long-defunct company at 301 W. Grandview Parkway is now at the center of a scientific investigation into elevated levels of cyanide found in groundwater at the nearby Hotel Indigo construction site. And, a Record-Eagle inquiry shows cyanide isn't the only pollutant discovered in the groundwater running underneath Traverse City's Warehouse District to Grand Traverse Bay.

Is the Traverse City Gas Co. responsible for contaminating the aquifer that leads directly to Grand Traverse Bay?

Or, could another industry that operated decades ago near the shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay be to blame?

Read the full story in today's Business section.

 

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