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1,4 Dioxane Plume Remains A Priority For City Of Ann Arbor

Jun 25, 2020

The City of Ann Arbor says it will once again focus on addressing the 1,4 dioxane plume clean-up in Washtenaw County.  

COVID-19 court closures prevented the city and its legal team from meeting with a judge regarding reaching a consent agreement with the polluter Gelman Sciences to clean up the plume.  But Mayor Christopher Taylor says negotiations will resume now that courts have reopened.  However, there is no timeline for when an agreement may be reached.

Mayor Christopher Taylor: We’re of course operating from a position of urgency because it is urgent, but, nevertheless, we understand that change of this magnitude takes time.

The City of Ann Arbor is still considering the option of asking the federal government to designate the plume a Superfund site to help with the clean-up.

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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