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ANN ARBOR, MI – As a Superfund cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume appears unlikely anytime soon, local officials are staying focused on pursuing other legal remedies.

“If the EPA has concluded that it will not take independent corrective action, then we need to focus our efforts on the litigation in which Ann Arbor is an active participant,” said Mayor Christopher Taylor.

“We need to force the polluter to accelerate cleanup, force them to expand monitoring.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that, while the toxic plume of chemical pollution spreading through the Ann Arbor area’s groundwater does qualify for further investigation and evaluation under the federal Superfund listing process, the EPA is agreeing to let the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality continue to oversee state regulatory efforts to manage the risks.

Without Superfund cleanup, Ann Arbor still focused on court case against polluter

As a Superfund cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume appears unlikely anytime soon, local officials are staying focused on pursuing other legal remedies.


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