Gelman Sciences Public Comment & Meeting Web Page

Contact: Dan Hamel 517-745-6595

Welcome! EGLE public comment periods or public meeting schedules regarding the Gelman Sciences, Inc. site of environmental contamination are listed below.  If no dates are listed, EGLE welcomes your comments and/or questions about this site at any time; just call or e-mail the Project Manager, Daniel Hamel, at EGLE Jackson District Office, 517-745-6595 or hameld@michigan.gov, or you may write to him at: EGLE-RRD, 301 E. Louis Glick Hwy., Jackson, MI 49201. Thank you!

 


SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
EGLE seeks public comment on proposed amended consent judgment for Gelman Sciences

Below is the recording of the virtual public meeting held September 14, 2020. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is seeking public comment on a proposed Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment (Consent Judgment) for the Gelman Sciences Inc. Site located in Ann Arbor and Scio Township, Michigan, and has scheduled an online public meeting. A public review copy of the proposed Consent Judgment is posted in the “What’s New” section on the EGLE Gelman Sciences webpage. The public comment period on the proposed amended consent judgment for Gelman Sciences has ended.  EGLE is preparing a response summary for the questions and comments received during the public comment period.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 31, 2020
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, (517) 284-9278

EGLE seeks public comment on proposed amended consent judgment for Gelman Sciences

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is seeking public comment and has scheduled an online public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14 regarding a proposed Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment for the Gelman Sciences site in Ann Arbor and Scio Township.

The Gelman site involves a groundwater contamination plume of 1,4 Dioxane released from the former manufacturing facility. Gelman used the chemical in its manufacturing operations from 1966 until 1986. The plume has impacted approximately 3.5 square miles of the city of Ann Arbor and Scio Township. Impacted areas within Ann Arbor are served by municipal water. Currently, there are no known health risks associated with the plume.

Remediation of the contamination is governed by a Consent Judgment, which was first entered in Washtenaw County Circuit Court in 1992 and has been revised multiple times since then through amendments and court orders. This proposed Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment provides for implementation of the revised groundwater cleanup criteria for 1,4-Dioxane.

EGLE Director Liesl Clark highlighted the improved remediation under the revised Consent Judgment and encourages interested persons to provide comments on it to EGLE.

“The collective efforts of the state and local parties have resulted in substantial enhancements to the cleanup and monitoring efforts at the Gelman site and EGLE looks forward to overseeing implementation of the revised Consent Judgment. I encourage participation in the public comment process,” Clark said.

Attorney General Dana Nessel commended EGLE, the intervening local governments, and Gelman for finding common ground and for bringing the proposal to the public for comment. "The hard work of the local government intervenors alongside the state has produced a shared proposal for more work at the site that all of the parties agree on," Nessel said. "Now the public will have the chance to weigh in on that shared proposal, a step I applaud on the part of both EGLE and the local governments.”  

The public review copy of the proposed Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment is posted in the “What’s New” section on the EGLE Gelman Sciences webpage.

The proposed Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment will replace the 85 parts per billion (ppb) drinking water cleanup criterion for 1,4 Dioxane with the current 7.2 ppb criterion and 280 ppb criterion for groundwater venting into surface water (down from 2,800 ppb). EGLE and Gelman have in practice implemented the 7.2 ppb drinking water criterion since October 2016.  

In addition to updating the criteria, other changes to the Consent Judgment incorporate additional safeguards to protect human health and the environment. These updates include increasing the number of contaminated groundwater extraction wells, the number of  monitoring wells in Ann Arbor, the number of compliance monitoring wells in Scio Township and source removal efforts on the Gelman property; in addition to preparing advance contingency plans to extend municipal water to four areas that rely on wells for drinking water if data and information indicates that the plume will expand into these areas.

Meeting registration information

Register here to attend the online public meeting. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting.

For those who would like to participate by phone, call (213) 787-0529 or toll-free at (888) 808-6929, and use conference code 881478.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the meeting. Individuals interested in attending can join the meeting when it begins at 6 p.m.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can click on the meeting link at the start of the event, and enter a first name and last name initial. Registrants who do not want to enter an email address, enter eglemeeting@mi.gov in the email field.

EGLE will collect public comments on the Fourth Amended and Restated Consent Judgment from Aug. 31 through Sept. 21. EGLE will only be taking comments, there will not be a question and answer session after the presentation. Interested parties may provide comments in the following ways:

  • During the Sept. 14 public comment session.
  • In writing by email: EGLE-RRD-Gelman@Michigan.gov
  • In writing through U.S. Mail: Dan Hamel, RRD project manager, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Jackson District Office, 301 East Louis Glick Highway, Jackson, MI, 49201-1556.

MARCH 30, 2011
7:00 PM
Abbot Elementary School
2670 Sequoia Parkway, Ann Arbor

PUBLIC MEETING ON THIRD AMENDMENT TO CONSENT JUDGMENT AND CHANGES TO CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE GELMAN SCIENCES, INC. SITE, ANN AROBR, WASHTENAW COUNTY.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting to provide information to the public regarding the Third Amendment to Consent Judgment that went into effect on March 8, 2011 regarding the Gelman Sciences, Inc. site of environmental contamination.  The amendment reflects negotiations between the DEQ and Pall Life Sciences, Inc. (PLS), successor to Gelman Sciences, that began after the Department denied PLS's May 2009 Comprehensive Proposal to Modify Cleanup Program.  The amendment expands the Prohibition Zone, established by the Court in 2005 to restrict the use of groundwater, into the Evergreen subdivision.  The amendment also divides the site into two areas, west and east of Wagner Road, and amends the cleanup objectives for these areas.

PUBLIC COMMENT RESPONSE JUNE 2009

DEQ MAY 27, 2009 PRESENTATION


MAY 27, 2009
7:00 PM
PUBLIC MEETING, PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS OF THE CONSENT JUDGMENT AND COURT ORDERS REGARDING THE GELMAN SCIENCES, INC. SITE, ANN ARBOR, WASHTENAW COUNTY.
DEQ staff will be holding a meeting at the Haisley Elementary School,  825 Duncan, Ann Arbor, MI regarding a May 4, 2009 proposal from Pall Life Sciences, Inc. (PLS) to amend the Consent Judgment and associated Court Orders for the Gelman Sciences, Inc. Facility, a site of environmental contamination located in parts of Scio Township, Ann Arbor Township and the City of Ann Arbor. Written comments should be received by June 8, 2009, and sent to Sybil Kolon.

- Criteria Relevant to Review of PLS Proposal


APRIL 28, 2008
7:00 PM
PUBLIC MEETING, CO-SPONSORED WITH THE COALITION FOR ACTION ON REMEDIATION OF DIOXANE (CARD), TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE GELMAN SCIENCES, INC. SITE, ANN ARBOR, WASHTENAW COUNTY. 
DEQ staff and local government representatives of CARD will provide an update on cleanup actions at the Gelman Sciences, Inc. site of environmental contamination. The meeting will be held at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI.  Information Contact: Sybil Kolon, Remediation and Redevelopment Division, e-mail address: kolons@michigan.gov; 517‑780‑7937


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