It was 1979 that a chemical company agreed to a settlement to 'permanently' clean up a hazardous waste site north of Muskegon on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nearly a half-century later, an environmental 'Temple of Doom' remains.

The Washington Post reported in October of 1979 on a landmark agreement between the government and Hooker Chemical to clean up the site in Montague that had been leaking pesticides into the surrounding ground water. The $15 million settlement was the largest of its kind at the time.

The site today has several landfills, a lake taken over by chemical run-off, a mound of buried contaminates that gives the site the Temple of Doom nickname, and a giant lime deposit. Reporting as recent at the summer of 2023 focuses on residents pushing for site clean-up.

A drone photographer shared recent images of the site to the Abandoned, Old and Interesting in Michigan Facebook group.

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"Temple of Doom" at Hooker Chemical housing 1 million tons of contaminated soil
Limestone dump from DuPont,
an artificial lake full of contaminants,
and the remains of DuPont
Several of the sites show up clearly on Google Earth images:

Montague Lime Pit

montague limestone pit
Google Earth

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Abandoned Chemical Facility

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Google Earth

Temple of Doom Landfill

temple of doom monague
Google Earth
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and State of Michigan work with the current site owners on the clean-up process.

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