A map from the Environmental Health Division of the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health displays an estimated pathway of the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume. The The contamination is said to be spreading through a system of underground streams, contaminating the groundwater in those areas.
Credit Washtenaw County Department of Public Health
Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes.
The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town. City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.
The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance.
Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways.
The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.
The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.
Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.
The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process.
As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.
A plan to charge Ann Arbor high school students a $100 fee to take an optional 7th hour class has been dropped. The Board of Education last night voted unanimously to drop the fee for the coming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board is sending the fee proposal back to its planning committee for further review.
The City of Ann Arbor has not had to deal with a case that falls under the so-called "stand your ground" law, as was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
But, Michigan law certainly allows for the possibility. Ann Arbor City Council last night passed a resolution calling on state lawmakers to repeal Michigan's version of the law, and to make other changes to state gun regulations.