Washtenaw County Municipalities Gather To Discuss 1,4 Dioxane Plume

Jun 7, 2019

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners hosted a special joint working session Thursday night to address the 1,4 Dioxane plume in the area.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the meeting and has the story.

"I'd like all of you elected officials to petition Governor Whitmer to ask the EPA to make the Gelman plume into a Superfund site."

The majority of residents who spoke during public comment asked the commission and officials from other local municipalities to clean up the contamination through a superfund.  In a calm but firm manner, residents said that enough is enough and that action needs to be taken to control the plume.  Ann Arbor resident Mozhgan Savabieasfahani suggested a millage to address the issue.

"Ask them, do you want clean water to drink?  And I can assure you that they will pick clean water, and lets pay for it.  And at the same time go after Gelman, by all means, get them to pay us back.  Clean up the environment and pay for it.  But let's not wait anymore, we waited 30 years," said Savabieasfahani.

Nearly 30 officials from municipalities, such as the City of Ann Arbor and Scio Township, took part in the event that attracted over 130 residents to the 242 Community Church in Ann Arbor.  The groups plan to work together to determine the next steps in the process.

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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