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Dioxane 1,4: Coming to Goundwater Near You.

In 1984, a UM SPH student just happened to discover abnormal con­cen­tra­tions of a known car­cinogen, 1,4-Dioxane, in the Third Sister Lake in UM’s Saginaw Forest (just west of Ann Arbor).  This prompted sub­se­quent dis­covery of dioxane in the area’s ground­water at various levels from the surface all the way down to bedrock, some places more than 200 feet deep.

1,4-Dioxane is an indus­trial solvent and sta­bi­lizer that is fully miscible in water.  It doesn’t adhere to soils like many other indus­trial pol­lu­tants, but goes whereever water goes.

For 20 years, from 1966 to 1986, Gelman, Sciences Inc (now Pall Life Sciences) used a reported 800,000 pound of dioxane man­u­fac­turing high tech filters and allowed an unknown amount of the toxic sub­stance to get into ground­water sur­rounding their property on Wagner Road.

Multiple lawsuits, cleanup efforts and backroom deals later, several plumes of the stuff still continue to exist, with the major ones moving at about one foot per day through Ann Arbor towards the Huron River and maybe even Barton Pond (where Ann Arbor gets 80% of its water for 150,000 people in the area.).
Listen for an in-​​depth dis­cus­sion of past and future of the clean water struggle and reme­di­a­tion efforts with Roger Rayle, Co-​​Chair of Scio Residents for Safe Water.  Roger has ded­i­cated 15 years of his life to addressing this problem, making AMAZING maps of the plumes, and pro­tecting our water!

Check out their Google Group for more detailed maps and info.

Who was that anony­mous caller?

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