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Washtenaw County Officials Will Have Voices Heard During 1,4 Dioxane Court Hearing

Dec 16, 2016

3D Model of 1,4 Dioxane Molecule
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Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


A Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge made the ruling after all three parties filed motions to be part of litigations between the State of Michigan and Gelman Sciences, the company responsible for the local plume. 

The parties wants to make sure new standards are followed after the state lowered the cleanup criteria for 1,4 Dioxane

Ellen Rabinowitz is the county's health officer.  She says attorneys for Gelman Sciences were not happy with the decision.

"They seem to think that our intervention would cause unnecessary and undue delay."

Rabinowitz added that the county' health department plans to keep residents updated about the plume situation now that they're part of 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