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File #: 21-0524    Version: 1 Name: 3/15/21 Resolution to Acknowledge Daniel Bicknell
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/15/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/15/2021 Final action: 3/15/2021
Enactment date: 3/15/2021 Enactment #: R-21-085
Title: Resolution to Acknowledge and Commend Daniel Bicknell for Longstanding Public Service to Identify and Protect Residents of Ann Arbor from Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in Ann Arbor Freshwater Sources
Sponsors: Kathy Griswold, Lisa Disch

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Resolution to Acknowledge and Commend Daniel Bicknell for Longstanding Public Service to Identify and Protect Residents of Ann Arbor from Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in Ann Arbor Freshwater Sources

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Whereas, The Environmental Commission advises the Ann Arbor City Council on issues related to environmental policy, environmental issues and environmental implications of all City programs and proposals on the air, water, land and public health;

 

Whereas, Daniel Bicknell discovered 1,4-dioxane in Third Sister Lake in Scio Township, adjacent to the Gelman Sciences, Inc. property in 1984;

 

Whereas, Daniel Bicknell alerted and helped to organize members of the community about the presence of 1,4-dioxane in the groundwater;

 

Whereas, Subsequent actions by members of the community resulted in    testing and identification of 1,4-dioxane in nearby groundwater and drinking water wells the Washtenaw County Department of Health;

 

Whereas, Daniel Bicknell proceeded through a career with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including work on Superfund    Cleanup projects, General Motors environmental corporate staff and Global Environmental Alliance, LLC; and

 

Whereas, Daniel Bicknell has continued to provide technical assistance on regulatory process, guidance on remediation methods, and communication with professional consultants;

 

Whereas, Daniel Bicknell has provided support to involved members of  the community including local, state and national elected officials, the Coalition for Action to Remediate Dioxane, Scio Residents for Safe Water, multiple environmental non-profit groups, and individual members of the community with respect to addressing the cleanup processes; Whereas, Daniel Bicknell has continued with his community involvement via use of his outstanding professional credentials;

 

Whereas, The Ann Arbor Environmental Commission commends Daniel Bicknell for his long history of service to the community through  his activism and use of scientific and institutional knowledge; and

 

Whereas, The Ann Arbor Environmental Commission requests that     the Ann Arbor City Council provide a coordinating resolution of appreciation and respect to Daniel Bicknell for his service;

 

RESOLVED, That the City of Ann Arbor commends Daniel Bicknell for his long history of service to the community through  his activism and use of scientific and institutional knowledge; and

 

RESOLVED; That the City of Ann Arbor send the commendation of Dan Bicknell’s service to the leadership of Washtenaw County, the Washtenaw County delegation to the Michigan Legislature, the Director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Region Administrator - United States Environmental Protection Agency - Region V, Michigan Attorney General, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

 

Sponsored by: Councilmembers Griswold and Disch