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Michigan to work with EPA to monitor toxic groundwater


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will work together to monitor a toxic plume of pollution in southeast Michigan.

While the EPA has suspended the process of designating the area as a Superfund site, the agencies will ensure public health is protected as the dioxane plume spreads through the Ann Arbor area's groundwater.

Gelman Sciences is responsible for the plume that's been slowly spreading through the area's groundwater for decades. It poses long-term threats to the city's water supply from the Huron River.

The company has been working to remove the chemicals from the environment, but many large concentrations remain. The EPA says dioxane is likely carcinogenic and can cause kidney, liver and respiratory problems.

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