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E-M:/ March 24 meeting on Pall/Gelman contamination



------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Kirk Riley ------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS RELEASE
Meeting to address Pall/Gelman 1,4-dioxane contamination and cleanup
TOSC and SRSW to co-host community meeting Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 18, 2004
Contact:
Kirk Riley, Program Manager, Michigan State University, (517) 355-7493
Roger Rayle, Vice Chair, Scio Residents for Safe Water, (888) 800-1244 ext 702
Matt Naud, City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator, 734-997-1596

The Michigan State University TOSC Program, Scio Residents for Safe Water and the City of Ann Arbor invite interested citizens to attend a meeting about the contamination from the Pall Life Sciences (formerly Gelman Sciences, Inc.) facility, in Scio Township.  The TOSC program has conducted an independent examination of the PLS 1,4-dioxane issue and will discuss its findings on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., at Abbot Elementary School, 2670 Sequoia Parkway in Ann Arbor.  Interested community members and other stakeholders are welcome to attend the meeting.

Dr. Susan Masten, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Michigan State, has led an effort to increase community understanding of the groundwater contamination resulting from the PLS facility.  Dr. Larry Lemke, Department of Geology at Wayne State University, will also participate in discussing the dioxane contamination issue.

Topics to be discussed include:
<>What recent work has PLS done to investigate the contamination?
<>What areas are impacted?  How fast is the dioxane plume spreading? In what direction is it moving?
<>What is PLS doing to clean up the groundwater? What are they proposing in the future?  Should PLS be doing things differently?
<>What is the community's role in the cleanup?  Should citizens be concerned?

The Technical Outreach Services for Communities Program, located at Michigan State University, has an agreement with the City of Ann Arbor and Scio Residents for Safe Water to provide assistance on the PLS 1,4-dioxane issue.  TOSC promotes public understanding of site contamination problems and works to empower citizens and local government to participate more effectively in site-cleanup decision making.  TOSC is funded under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  For more information, visit www.tosc.msu.edu/gelman.  Scio Residents for Safe Water has worked for more than 10 years to protect and preserve the groundwater in Scio Township and to advocate for cleanup of the dioxane-contaminated groundwater.  For more information, visit http://www.hvcn.org/info/srsw.

Wednesday, March 24, 7-9:00 p.m.
Abbot Elementary School
2670 Sequoia Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI
For directions, visit http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&address=2670+Sequoia+Parkway+&city=Ann+Arbor&state=MI&zipcode=48103

____________________

Kirk Riley
TOSC Program Manager
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
517-355-7493
517-432-1550 (fax)

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