The state will seek a federal superfund cleanup for dioxane pollution in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – Governor Whitmer has expressed support for Gelman Sciences Inc.’s designation of the Ann Arbor dioxane plume as a federal superfund cleanup facility.

Michigan’s Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced Monday its application to add the Gelman dioxane flag to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund National Priorities List. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn.

“EGLE’s decision to allow communities affected by the Gelman dioxane flag to add this website to the federal superfund cleanup list is an important step,” said Dingell.

EGLE will work closely with EPA if it is included on the list of national priorities. This will also ensure that the current agent continues to protect human health and comply with Michigan law during the National Priority List listing process.

Michigan’s request for EPA involvement marks the next step in the process to put the Gelman dioxane flag on the list of national priorities and position it for an EPA-overseen cleanup of the federal superfund, Dingell said.

Local officials across Washtenaw County had simultaneously sought federal help while continuing to litigate the polluter in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Officials in Ann Arbor, Scio Township and Washtenaw Counties supported the request.

EPA officials said last month that a federal superfund cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume, which is spreading in the area’s groundwater, is likely to be several years away if it does.

The agency generally doesn’t add a pollution point to the list unless the state requests it, officials said.

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After Governor Whitmer failed to speak for four months about whether the state would support a pollution clean-up through the federal superfund, proponents planned a rally in Lansing on Tuesday to draw the governor’s attention to the issue. This rally has now been canceled.

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Dingell plans to continue working with lawmakers and relevant stakeholders to ensure proper removal of the contamination.

Dan Bicknell, an environmental remediation expert and president of Global Environment Alliance LLC, offered his assistance on Monday.

“Communities should thank US Representative Debbie Dingell, all locally elected officials, and the governor for supporting a Gelman Sciences, Inc. superfund site that helps protect our public health and the environment,” so Bicknell said.

“In the past 40 years (Gelman Sciences) has poisoned more than four square kilometers of a pristine drinking water aquifer affecting public and private wells, and their dioxane poisoning continues to this day.”

Bicknell is credited with discovering the Gelman Cloud when he was a public health student at the University of Michigan in 1984.


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