City of Gibraltar

Building & Safety

Building Department

McKenna Associates

Gibraltar City Hall
29450 Munro Ave.
Gibraltar, MI 48173

Phone: 248-938-4535 
Email: gibraltarbuilding@mcka.com

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., by phone & email

Building Official: Steve Bredernitz
Permit Technician: Laura Gray

PFAS Information & Proposed Pre-Treatment Facility


A City Council Study Session was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 29450 Munro Street, Gibraltar, MI 48173. The objective of this meeting was to provide an informational session with questions and answers for the proposed Leachate (PFAS) Treatment System Project at the Countywide Landfill Site, which is part of the DSC McLouth Steel Gibraltar Superfund Site (15701 Vreeland Road). The session was be led by the City of Gibraltar with guest speakers from Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Arcadis of Michigan, LLC (Arcadis). 

A recording the meeting is available here: Facebook recording of Study Session regarding proposed Leachate Treatment System.

In regards to the requested PFAS background information and site information from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) please refer to the following links from their Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) web site.  The following links contain general information about PFAS, responses lead by EGLE, and a link for the DSC McLouth Steel-Gibraltar Plant Superfund Site, which encompasses Countywide Landfill (CWLF).  EGLE will also provide a general discussion about PFAS and the site’s history during the meeting next week.  

 https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/faq/categories/pfas-101

 https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/investigations

 https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/investigations/sites-aoi/wayne-county/mclouth-steel-gibraltar

Superfund Sites in Reuse in Michigan | US EPA

Eat Safe Fish Guide – Southeast Michigan 2023

In regards to the PFAS experience for Arcadis and specific examples of similar treatment systems, please refer to the following qualifications statement: 
Arcadis Qualifications Statement

PowerPoint presentation for the November 29, 2023 informational meeting regarding the proposed PFAS pre-treatment facility: PFAS PowerPoint Presentation

Important to Know . . .

Flood Zones ‘A’ or ‘B’: If you live in Flood Zones ‘A’ or ‘B’, and you anticipate new construction or substantial improvement to your home, it is recommended that you apply early for a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permit. It can take 2 to 3 months for a permit to be issued by the MDEQ.

Certified Property Surveys: If you are considering putting in fences, garages, homes, swimming pools, sheds, seawalls, docks, etc., please be aware that you may need to obtain a certified property survey. Please plan ahead and have the survey done early. Mortgage surveys will not be accepted.

Home Inspections: If you plan on selling your home, please be aware that you will need to have an inspection conducted on your home to ensure compliance with the Fire System requirements (i.e. smoke detectors). Homes may be required to be brought up to current code. Plan ahead to have your home inspected and allow time to have the necessary corrections made before you close on the sale of your home. Check with the Building Department for details.

Berm Inspections: For homeowners planning to sell that live on waterfront property with a berm, you also need to have a City Berm Inspection. Berm height needs to be at a certain elevation. Contact the City of Gibraltar to make arrangements for the City Engineer to schedule an inspection.

SESC Permits: State Law requires Soil Erosion Sedimentation Control permit, (SESC), Permits for certain projects, especially those within 500 Ft of a body of water. Please keep in mind you may be required to obtain a SESC Permit and install and maintain SESC measures. Please Contact Wayne County at (734) 326-3936 or call the Building Department if you have any questions regarding SESC Permits.

DCC Weatherization: The Downriver Community Conference Weatherization has received an energy assistance grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission. The grant provides utility assistance for low-income residents. Eligibility is based on the DCC Income Poverty Guidelines for 2010. For more information or to set an appointment, please call (734) 362-3473, (734) 362-7030, or (734) 362-7050.