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Local Officials Continue Demanding State Action On Dioxane Leak

Feb 22, 2016

 

Credit Washtenaw County

Officials are increasing pressure on the state to stop a dangerous underground dioxane plume before it reaches the Huron River, Ann Arbor’s main water source.


Washtenaw County Water Commissioner Evan Pratt will meet again with Ann Arbor City Council members next week. He says their goal is to bring attention to the severity of the situation, and prompt state officials to act before the dioxane leak becomes worse.

 

Pratt says,

 

“The Attorney General [office] certainly changed their position relative to getting involved in Flint. We would hope they would [become] much more proactive [in Ann Arbor] and...initiate court action rather than react to it.”

Officials, including Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, are also calling for the Department of Environmental Quality to update the agency's rules for dioxane cleanup. The DEQ failed to modernize standards for the carcinogenic chemical when required to do so in 2013.

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