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1,4 Dioxane Meeting Held In Ann Arbor

Feb 4, 2020

The Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane, also known as CARD, held its quarterly meeting with the State of Michigan Tuesday to discuss the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the meeting that was held at the Washtenaw County Western Service Center in Ann Arbor.


Members of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, also known as EGLE, informed CARD members they continue testing wells in Washtenaw County to monitor the plume.  But CARD would like more access to obtaining data on the plume and about water testing being conducted in the community.  Roger Rayle is chair of CARD.

Roger Rayle: What we learn from this site, if we do our due diligence and do everything, everybody works together and figures out where the problem is and how to fix it.  That can be good information for all of these other types, not just Dioxane sites, but the whole PFAS stuff.  There are scores of those sites. 

Dan Hamel is an environmental quality analyst for EGLE and says the state has been as transparent as possible when it comes to the plume, and that CARD needs to remember that some of the testing is being done by a private company--a company that creates its own work schedule.  

Dan Hamel: They're not going to be giving that, they're going to give what they've been giving.  I don't think that they would be receptive of trying to do that.

Over a dozen locations will be tested for 1,4 Dioxane in 2020.  They include the Allen Creek drain at West Park, Little Lake, first, second, and third Sister Lakes, and Smith Pond at East and West.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu