Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioners Approves Superfund Site Designation Resolution

Dec 4, 2020

It’s official.  Washtenaw County is moving forward with plans to try to get the 1,4 dioxane plume in our area designated as a Superfund site.  


The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that asks Governor Gretchen Whitmer to request Superfund designation for the plume from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Commissioner Katie Scott says if the EPA moves forward with the designation, they would gather public input on how the polluter, Gelman Sciences, should clean up the site.

Commissioner Katie Scott: So, this isn’t something that even though you look for EPA Superfund, that the taxpayers take the burden for.  If there is a polluter to pay, the EPA will have the polluter pay.

The board of commissioners plans to send a letter to Governor Whitmer requesting Superfund designation as soon as possible.  If the governor moves forward with the request, it will go to the EPA, which could still take years to decide on the issue.

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