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A non-profit organization established to inform and educate area residents on the state of groundwater pollution in and around Scio Township
DEQ has failed to implement tighter 2010 EPA dioxane revised cancer slope factor... and continues to stall that process...
Posted by R M Rayle on January 16, 2014 at 1:09pm
Posted by R M Rayle on November 1, 2013 at 1:00pm
Relating to AnnArbor.com article http://annarbor.com/news/ann-arbor-officials-want-stricter-cleanup-criteria-to-stop-spread-of-dioxane-plume
Posted by R M Rayle on September 1, 2013 at 1:30pm
There is still a lot of 1,4-dioxane to be remediated even after Pall has removed more dioxane than they said was down there.
100,000 ppb of dioxane in the groundwater at the site in 2012 is bad news... as is the apparent upward trend of the maximum level of dioxane since 2003. Where are…Continue
Posted by R M Rayle on February 27, 2013 at 9:30pm
This is bad news.
Back in May 2009, the DNRE rejected Pall/Gelman's plan to let more dioxane to spread unremediated, but now (on 3/8/2011) after 20+ months of secret negotiations between the DNRE and Pall/Gelman ... and without any prior public disclosure and hearings on what was negotiated, it is already part of the revised Consent Judgment. (This reflects the weakness of Michigan's current environmental rules.)
This action not only transfers more costs and risks to the public... it allows the responsible party, Pall/Gelman, to prematurely walk away from the site and avoid an effective, protective, and community-acceptable cleanup.
The MDEQ has denied Pall/Gelman's (PLS's) 5-4-2009 proposal to reduce its dioxane groundwater cleanup activities and risk polluting more area water supplies... including Barton Pond where Ann Arbor gets 80% of its water.
[DEQ 6-15-2009 Response ] [DEQ Public Comment Response ]
Thanks to everyone who sent in their comments or attended the public meetings. This might not have happened without public involvement.
Stay turned to make sure this decision is not overturned as it makes its way through upcoming court hearings. Let's make sure we have a protective, effective, and community-acceptable cleanup.
The Good News is that an April 22, 2009 Stipulation alters the schedule order that Judge Shelton issued earlier in the month and reestablishes the Public Comment Period the judge had removed. The comment period is from May 11 to June 8, 2009. The DEQ has scheduled a Public Meeting on May 27, 2009... a week after a CARD information meeting on May 20, 2009 to discuss the proposed changes to the Consent Judgment.
The Bad News is that the comment period starts soon and is only four weeks long (less than three weeks before the Public Meeting) ... not much time for the public to review the proposed changes to the Consent Judgment given that the DEQ and Pall have been discussing the change for almost a year. SRSW had requested a 90-day comment period.
Judge Shelton's April 6, 2009, Order lays out the schedule for addressing the proposed change to expand the Prohibition Zone to include the Evergreen Plume and allow that portion to spread at up to 2800 ppb instead of cleaning it up to 85 ppb or less.
The shocker in his order is that he removed the Public Comment that the DEQ had insisted be present. The DEQ indicates that they want the Public Comment (and associated Public Meeting and Public Hearing) back into the order, but the judge may not agree. [... more ]