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Enviro-Mich message from Kirk Riley <rileyki@egr.msu.edu>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2004

Contact:
Kirk Riley, TOSC Program, Michigan State University, (517) 355-7493
Roger Rayle, Scio Residents for Safe Water, (734) 761-8932
Matthew Naud, City of Ann Arbor, (734) 997-1596

MEETING TO ADDRESS PALL LIFE SCIENCES CLEANUP PLANS
FOR DIOXANE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION, ANN ARBOR, MI

Wednesday, August 4, 7-9:00 PM at Washtenaw ISD, 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor

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East Lansing, MI - 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 pollution from the Pall Life 
Sciences facility in Scio Township, near Ann Arbor.  TOSC has reviewed 
PLS's plans for remediating groundwater contaminated by dioxane. TOSC has 
also examined the Michigan DEQ's response to PLS's plans.

TOSC will present the findings of this review on Wednesday, August 4, at 
the Washtenaw Intermediate School District on Wagner Rd. Dr. Lawrence 
Lemke, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology at Wayne State 
University, will address several topics:

=  What has PLS proposed to address the dioxane plume?  What is MDEQ's 
proposed alternative?
=  Do PLS and DEQ have a clear understanding of the plume boundaries and 
where the contaminants are likely to migrate?  What will happen to the 
plume if the contaminants move toward the Huron River?  Would a model of 
the plume help PLS and DEQ to understand where the plume might migrate?
=  Will the proposed plans reach the dioxane cleanup goal of 85 parts per 
billion?
=  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 dioxane 
issue. TOSC promotes public understanding of site contamination problems 
and works to empower citizens and local government to participate in site 
cleanup decision-making.

Documents relevant to the PLS dioxane issue may be found at the TOSC 
website, www.tosc.msu.edu/gelman. The PLS Feasibility Study is at 
http://www.egr.msu.edu/tosc/gelman/gelmandocuments-FS.shtml, MDEQ's 
response to the FS is at 
http://www.egr.msu.edu/tosc/gelman/Proposed%20Remedial%20Alternative%20(FS%20Response).pdf 
and an independent review of the FS commissioned by DEQ is at 
www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-rrd-gs-westonjuly04report.pdf.

The community meeting will be held August 4th from 7:00-9:00 PM at the 
Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd.; phone (734) 
994-8100. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Kirk Riley, 
TOSC Program Manager at (800) 490-3890 or by sending e-mail to 
rileyki@egr.msu.edu.

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Kirk Riley
Program Manager
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University

phone (517) 355-7493
fax (517) 432-1550
http://www.tosc.msu.edu 



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