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DEQ director to speak about dioxane plume at town hall tonight

Washtenaw County

State Representative Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, will host a town hall this evening to talk about the Pall-Gelman dioxane plume.

The plume of 1, 4-dioxane has contaminated three square miles of groundwater under the city of Ann Arbor. The EPA says the solvent islikely to cause cancer.

The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposedtightening the cleanup standard for dioxane. The change would take the action level from 85 parts per billion down to 7.2 parts per billion. That would make it easier to force the company responsible for the pollution (Gelman Sciences, now Pall Corp.) to clean it up.

DEQ director Keith Creagh will discuss this at the meeting. The Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) will also give a presentation, and there will be time for questions from the audience.

The town hall is open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m. tonight in the auditorium of Eberwhite Elementary School at 800 Soule Blvd, in Ann Arbor.

Rebecca Williams is senior editor in the newsroom, where she edits stories and helps guide news coverage.
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