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Well Water Samples From Ann Arbor, Scio Township Sent For Dioxane Tests

Apr 29, 2016

Washtenaw County Environmental Analyst Jennifer Conn adds another water sample to a cooler in her vehicle in Scio Township Thursday.
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Drinking water samples from more than three dozen homes in Ann Arbor and Scio Township will be tested for 1,4 dioxane. 


Well water samples will be sent to a laboratory in Lansing for testing. Environmental analyst Jennifer Conn works for the Washtenaw County Health Department.  She is filling vials with water from an outside faucet at a home in Scio Township.

“We're trying to double back and hit the houses we weren't able to get samples from yesterday," she explains. "They [MDEQ] sends us vials. We fill them up and then overnight mail them to the laboratory in Lansing.”

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Contamination from the Gelman dioxane plume is a threat to residents in the area west of Ann Arbor, near M-14. Conn says the tests are a precautionary measure, but homeowners she’s spoken with are concerned about the extent of the carcinogenic chemical.  “They’re wondering who's being monitored, how close they are to the [dioxane] plume, and how they [could] be exposed."

Lab results will take about four to six weeks. Conn says additional homes near the plume may have their well water tested in the coming months.

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu