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Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup

Sep 6, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes.  

A map from the Environmental Health Division of the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health displays an estimated pathway of the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume. The The contamination is said to be spreading through a system of underground streams, contaminating the groundwater in those areas.
Credit Washtenaw County Department of Public Health

The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town.  City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.

The MDEQ had set a goal of updating clean-up standards by the end of 2012 based on the federal government determining 1,4 dioxane is a greater cancer threat than previously believed.

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Some City Council members wanted a more in depth resolution, but council member Sabra Briere says this resolution can garner more support.