The most recent meeting of the Coalition for Action on the Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) took place in February. The group will be setting a regular cycle of meetings, beginning with a full meeting scheduled for April 26, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. It was determined that a consistent schedule for meetings may aid increased participation. The location will be the MSU Extension Room in the lower level at 705 N. Zeeb Rd. (The first large meeting in December was at this location.)
One of the first initiatives being undertaken is the development of a fact sheet by the county representatives, with MDEQ”S input, defining the “Prohibition Zone” and the responsibilities for residents living within its boundaries. The fact sheet addresses issues for realtors, builders, and contractors, as well as homeowners. It may include a template for the disclosure requirements when selling a home.
Another initiative deals with the creation of a guide covering some areas of concern for residents when confronted with the prospect of having a well drilled on or near one’s property (i.e. liability coverage). This may be based in part on the information the city uses in such situations. Further, attaining information on prospective drilling sites earlier in the process is a goal for the group. (Included are some photos of a recent drilling.)
The county representatives made a commitment to follow-up on the status of the resolution passed months ago by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and to solicit MDEQ’s definition of the current boundaries of the Prohibition Zone, which will need periodic updates as the plume migrates.
PON feels that these are a good starting point for CARD, by focusing on practical applications for the public utilizing the expertise/resources of the group. However, we again urge participation by as many citizens as possible.
The goal of the group, ostensibly, has been to include and maximize citizen input in all facets ofthis process. Without it, the focus may become diffuse and merely yet another governmental committee.
Hope to see you there.
Mike, Chris and Jeff
Protect Our Neighborhoods