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The Ann Arbor City Council wants to intervene in a lawsuit over groundwater contamination in and around the city. The Council unanimously passed a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday night to direct city officials to seek permission from the court to intervene in the case. Right now there is a consent judgment between the state of Michigan and the chemical company responsible for the pollution, Gelman Sciences, later acquired by Pall Corp. The judgment spells out what kind of clean-up the...

the plume, 1,4 dioxane
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The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued an emergency rule establishing a stricter cleanup criteria for 1,4 dioxane, a highly carcinogenic chemical that has polluted Ann Arbor's groundwater for decades. The plume of contaminated water has been slowly moving in all directions, including towards the Huron River. It's feared that eventually the contamination could reach Barton Pond, the source of the city's drinking water. The emergency rule comes just weeks after 1,4 dioxane was...

Scio Residents for Safe Water

After waiting three years for the state to issue a stricter cleanup standard for the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane, Ann Arbor Township and Scio Township are done. The two townships, along with the Sierra Club of Huron Valley, will jointly file a petition next month requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a preliminary assessment for a plume of contaminated groundwater to become a federal Superfund site. The contaminated plume under the city of Ann Arbor has been slowly moving...

Chloroform was detected in the groundwater at about 5 parts per billion in some tests in Waterworks Park in Ann Arbor.
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State officials have a new water contamination investigation on their hands: what is the source of newly-discovered contaminants found in the groundwater near Slauson Middle School in Ann Arbor? The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality discovered the chemicals trichloroethane and chloroform there after conducting tests for a different chemical - 1,4 dioxane. The 1,4 dioxane is a known contaminant from the chemical company Pall-Gelman. The plume of 1,4 dioxane is slowly moving...

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State officials are accepting more feedback on proposed new statewide standards for more than 300 environmental contaminants, including dioxane. The last public comment period ended in mid-September. This week the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality released revised proposed rules with a new comment deadline of October 18, and an additional public hearing scheduled for October 17 in Lansing. According to Sue Leeming, Acting Chief of MDEQ's Remediation and Redevelopment Division, the...

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Issues & Ale visited Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor last night to discuss the Gelman Sciences 1,4 dioxane plume of toxic pollution making its way through the city’s groundwater. Host Lester Graham led a panel of experts through the discussion. Together they answered residents’ questions and discussed ways to reduce risks associated with the contamination. MLive reporter Ryan Stanton, who covers this issue, was one of the panelists. Stanton said the Department of Environmental Quality has...

West Park, Ann Arbor
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State environmental officials say 35 private wells on or near Rose Drive in Ann Arbor had no detectable level of 1,4 dioxane after testing water samples. It's a little bit of good news in the ongoing saga of Ann Arbor's dioxane-contaminated groundwater. A plume of water contaminated with the dangerous chemical is slowly moving under the city towards the Huron River. The wells for the recent group of homes tested were on the northern edge of the plume; many homes closer to the contamination...

Dioxane concerns prompt collection of groundwater samples

May 21, 2016
Ann Arbor's West Park
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State officials want to collect water samples in the West Park area of Ann Arbor due to concerns that groundwater contaminated by a toxic chemical may be seeping to the surface. The Ann Arbor News reports that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plans to start the groundwater collection next week. The chemical is dioxane, an industrial solvent. Federal agencies say long-term exposure could cause health problems, including cancer. It was used by Gelman Sciences at its former...

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State officials talked about the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume at a town hall meeting in Ann Arbor last night. The meeting was hosted by State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor.

Washtenaw County

State Representative Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, will host a town hall this evening to talk about the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume. The plume of 1, 4-dioxane has contaminated three square miles of groundwater under the city of Ann Arbor. The EPA says the solvent is likely to cause cancer . The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposed tightening the cleanup standard for dioxane. The change would take the action level from 85 parts per billion down to 7.2 parts per billion. That would...

The Ann Arbor city council has asked its Environmental Commission to review whether it should ask the U.S. EPA to order a Superfund cleanup of groundwater contamination. A plume of groundwater contaminated with 1,4 dioxane from the city's now-closed Pall Gelman plant is spreading from the city limits towards Ann Arbor Township, Scio Township, as well as towards the Huron River. "If we continue on this path, it's for certain that this pollution will reach the river, and the river will drain...

Scio Residents for Safe Water

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to change the state's standard for 1,4 dioxane to 7.2 parts per billion. That's a ten-fold difference from the current standard of 85 parts per billion. 1,4 dioxane is a known carcinogen. The DEQ missed a December, 2015 deadline for issuing updated standards for 308 chemicals, including 1,4 dioxane. The agency has issued the new standard for 1,4 dioxane first, likely in response to an increased outcry from Ann Arbor city officials...

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell wants the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to finish the job it started several years ago. In an open letter to MDEQ director Keith Creagh, Dingell urged the state to finalize stricter cleanup standards for the chemical 1,4-dioxane. "MDEQ has been working for years to simultaneously develop revised cleanup standards for not only 1,4-dioxane, but also over 300 other hazardous substances that are regulated by the state. EPA updated its findings on 1,4...

Scio Residents for Safe Water

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting tonight about changes to the 1,4-dioxane groundwater cleanup plan in Ann Arbor. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p,m. at Abbot Elementary School, 2670 Sequoia Parkway, Ann Arbor . From the MDEQ: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting to provide information to the public regarding the Third Amendment to Consent Judgment that went into effect on March 8, 2011 regarding the...