Viant open house, public hearing scheduled to discuss draft consent agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 24, 2019
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

An open house, informational session, and public hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 23 in Grand Rapids in the investigation of Viant Medical Inc. and the enforcement action against the company. Under a draft Administrative Consent Order, the company is to end sterilization of medical equipment using ethylene oxide by Dec. 31, conduct monthly air sampling through February, and pay a penalty of $110,000.

Staff from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make brief presentations during the informational session at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center about the ethylene oxide issue as well as provide information about the enforcement action. The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for the public and stakeholders to ask questions.

The event will end with a public hearing on the draft consent order. A public comment period is now open and comments on the draft consent order can be submitted in writing until midnight Oct. 25 by mail to Jeff Rathbun, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy - Air Quality Division, P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7760, or by email to RathbunJ1@Michigan.gov.

Event details:

  • What: Open house, informational session, and public hearing.
  • Who: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; City of Grand Rapids; Kent County Health Department; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • When: Oct. 23.
    • 5:30-6 p.m. Open house.
    • 6-7:30 p.m. Informational session.
    • 7:30-9 p.m. Public hearing.
  • Where: Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 Fulton West, Grand Rapids.

People who have mobility, visual, hearing, or other disabilities should contact Jenifer Dixon at 517-284-6892 in advance of the meeting to request assistance.

For more information regarding this meeting, the enforcement case, and Viant Medical, Inc. in general, go to: Michigan.gov/Viant

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