Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioners To Discuss 1,4 Dioxane Plume Behind Closed Doors

Aug 19, 2020

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will hold a special closed session Wednesday night to discuss ongoing litigation regarding the 1,4 dioxane plume.  

The Board of Commissioners will meet with the county’s attorney, who will provide an update on where the polluter, Gelman Sciences, stands regarding negotiations on cleaning-up the plume.  A court order prevents the board from providing details on the litigation, but Commissioner Katie Scott says part of the board’s goal is to make the process more transparent to the public. 

Commissioner Katie Scott: I would like to hear what my constituents are saying about what any type of clean-up orchestrated by Gelman would look like compare to superfund. 

Earlier this year, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners participated in a discussion with the Environmental Protection Agency that explored the possibility of designating the plume a superfund site.  The EPA says it could take years before they even consider the plume as a possible superfund site.

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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