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Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioners Needs More Time To Make Decision About 1,4 Dioxane Plume

Nov 6, 2020

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners needs more time to decide if they want to approve a consent agreement regarding the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.


The board postponed a vote this week that would have either approved, amended, or rejected a consent agreement between the county and the polluter Gelman Sciences.  Instead, they will continue discussing the issue on November 12th during a special session.  Commissioner Andy LaBarre says it’s not an issue they want to rush and they need to consider several factors before making a decision.

Commissioner Andy LaBarre: How it impacts the environment in the physical area in the future.  And frankly the legal nuance of the structures we would either be dealing with or not dealing with.  Both, directly and indirectly.  There is nothing about this issue that is simple.  

The consent agreement includes plans to mitigate and help clean up the plume.  However, designating the plume a Superfund site is still an option the county is considering.

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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