- Posted August 12, 2010 by
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Unknown Floating Object -- UFOs in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor seems to have had a case of the 'UNKNOWN floating object'. You know about the spill already, and I have a summary of stuff here at:
It's the unknown amount, the unknown cause, the unknown source, the unknown exact substance.....
floating down a river for hours.
So today, to be fair to the readers, I had a meeting with a bunch of directors and such regarding the spill. Summary of meeting.
Q: Why was the public not notified?
Answer: Because first responders did not view the spill as a threat.
Q(directed at me by the AAFD): Why was I focusing on Phosphoric Acid?
Answer: Because it was in the AAFD and the OSEH incident report
Q: What spilled?
Answer: Mineral salts. The phosphoric acid was a preliminary test on the river. Those tests are not accurate. Test results change as more work is done.
Q: If first results say it was acid, why not notify the public?
Answer: We don't want to cry wolf. Preliminary test. It was night, rain was coming, few on the river. No need to tell the public.
Q: Did the booms collect anything?
Q: Did you get a sample from that?
Answer: No. You can't get a sample from the booms.
Q: If it wasn't a permit dump, and it wasn't an accident, then it was criminal?
Answer: No. It is UNKNOWN. The UNKNOWN is a 4th option. We don't know how it happened.
Q: Do you know how much spilled?
Q: Do you know where it came from?
Q: Does the sewer lead just to the hospital area?
Answer: No. It leads to residential areas too. Hundred+ insertion points. Residents/residential areas could have spilled it. A sprinkler could have turned on and grabbed some mineral salts/fertilizer from someones yard and washed it down the drain before the storm.
Q: And that could fill up the entire section of the river that I saw for hours?
Answer: Yes. These things disperse. Sheens are common on rivers. This is common.
Q: Next time a spill occurs, will it at least be noted alongside the other DPS web incidents? They make notices about skateboarders, why not spills?
Answer: Thank you. Noted.
Q: What about such and such a rumor, or such and such a rumor as to the cause? (i'm not going to list those rumors on here, but I tried asking)
Answer: Those are what if scenarios, we don't deal with what if scenarios. Don't focus on what if scenarios.
In otherwords... how do I feel after this?
it reminds me of a line from Star Wars...
"nothing to see here move along"