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E-M:/ Alma Prof tests Pine River when DEQ would not

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

     An article in the Morning Sun 'Gratiot County Edition' on Thursday 
     7/13 highlighted the efforts of one person's struggle to get the DEQ 
     to do its job.  
     After repeatedly asking the DEQ to look into the pollution of Pine 
     River, Alma College Professor Murray Borrello finally took matters 
     into his own hands.  Borrello sampled the water himself, as well as 
     sending it in to a Seattle environmental lab for confirmation.  The 
     results showed evidence of petroleum hydrocarbons in water taken 
     upstream of the old Midwest Refinery.  
     The DEQ did groundwater contamination testing at this site, but 
     according to Borrello, they said 'well, we're not considering the 
     river'.  Further testing will be done to determine other potential 
     sources of the petroleum.  
     "How do they know if it's contaminated if they won't get out there and 
     take samples?" Borello says, "I'm doing this to show the MDEQ that 
     there is a petroleum impact and they have to consider the river as 
     part of the whole clean-up solution."
     Tracie Rexer
     Sierra Club intern

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