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Dingell Statement on Tribar Technologies Chemical Release into Huron River

Ann Arbor Drinking Water Safe, Officials Regularly Testing, MDHHS Recommends Avoiding Parts of Huron River

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statement regarding the status of the recent chemical release into the Huron River by Tribar Technologies.

“The harmful release and spread of hexavalent chromium into the Huron River over the past week by Tribar Technologies is inexcusable and deeply disturbing. Authorities at every level are working around the clock to ensure the safety of the public, wildlife, and the environment. My team and I have been in constant contact with federal, state, and local officials from the outset to quickly address this chemical spill, to contain it, and monitor all potential safety risks. There is a daily rigorous sampling regime in place and all of us are watching intensely and determined to protect public health.

At the current time, no samples have identified harmful levels of contamination related to public health near the Ann Arbor area. But officials are recommending, out of an abundance of caution, that the public avoid direct contact with the Huron River water system between North Wixom Road in Oakland County and Kensington Road in Livingston County while further testing and analysis is conducted. Here in Michigan, we love water recreation and outdoor activity, but we must exercise caution for now in these areas. I will remain engaged with all levels of government and rest assured, we will hold Tribar Technologies fully accountable for all damages and for endangering our environment and our communities. This reckless contamination release is unacceptable, and any future production at this facility must be seriously reviewed. We will share updates as we learn them, and all government agencies involved are committed to complete and full transparency.”

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