The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality allowed Gelman Sciences to dump 1,4-dioxane at their site just west of Ann Arbor for over 30 years. That very stable and hazardous chemical has contaminated our natural wells on the west side of town.
Because it does not break down easily, it has continued to spread beneath our city, and is moving toward the river where it could eventually threaten our water supply. I strongly support the effort to petition the US-EPA to declare the Pall/Gelman Dioxane Plume a Superfund Designation. Action on this issue is long overdue. The responsible party can and should be made to pay for the clean-up, which would be mandatory through a Superfund Designation. I believe that we should attack known problems before they grow out of control, and I am concerned that our city’s failure to act could affect our most vital resource.