Below is the press release that was sent out this afternoon on the public meetings that will be held next week on the Dow Scopes of Work (SOWs). We hope you are able to attend and that you will provide some assistance to the DEQ in spreading the word on these meetings. I would particularly appreciate the assistance of the media who have been attending the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meetings in publicizing these public meetings through articles in your newspapers and news announcements on the radio.

We apologize in advance for the short notice in announcing these public meetings. After encountering some difficulties in setting up the locations for these meetings, we decided to proceed with them in September rather than pushing the dates back into October, thereby resulting in further delays in completing the review and approval of the SOWs.

Dr. Suzanne White's Powerpoint presentation from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)/ATSDR August 20 public meeting is now available on the MDCH website: We are working on making it available via a link on the DEQ website.

I also wanted to provide you with some advance notice of planned topics for the October 8 CAP meeting:

1. We have asked the DEQ's contractor, who will be making a presentation of the results of the aquatic ecological risk assessment to agency staff on October 7, to make an abbreviated version of this presentation to the CAP at the October 8 meeting.

2. DEQ staff will provide an update on their review of the Dow SOWs.

3. In response to questions that have arisen about the meaning of "facility" and "frequently flooded soils," further explanation and education will be provided on this at the public meetings and additional follow-up is planned at the CAP meeting.

4. Department of Agriculture staff have been invited to the CAP meeting for further discussion of agricultural issues.

If you have comments regarding these topics, please let me know. If you received this e-mail and no longer wish to have your name included in the CAP distribution list, please notify me and I will remove your name from the list.

Cheryl Howe
Senior Environmental Engineer
Hazardous Waste Management Unit
Hazardous Waste and Radiological Protection Section
517-373-9881/517-373-4797 Fax

Waste and Hazardous Materials Division
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, MI 48909-7741

Overnight Mail/Street Address:
Constitution Hall, Atrium North, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933

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September 17, 2003

Contact: Patricia Spitzley
(517) 241-7397

DEQ Announces Public Meetings on Dow Scopes of Work for Remedial
Investigation of Tittabawassee River and Flood Plain and Midland Area
Soil Contamination

The DEQ has scheduled two public meetings on the Scopes of Work (SOWs)
for Remedial Investigation of the Tittabawassee River and Flood Plain
and for the Midland Area Soils. The SOWs were submitted by The Dow
Chemical Company pursuant to the corrective action requirements in the
hazardous waste facility operating license issued to Dow by the DEQ on
June 12.

The first public meeting will be held on Monday, September 22, from
7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Swan Valley High School Auditorium, located at
8400 O'Hern Road in Saginaw.

The second public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 25, from
7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium,
located at 1710 West St. Andrews in Midland.

The DEQ and Dow will present overviews of Dow's off-site corrective
action requirements and the SOWs at these public meetings and will seek
public input on the SOWs.

The SOWs are required to identify and propose the implementation of
specific interim response activities for the protection of public health
for areas that are known through prior environmental sampling to be
impacted by releases from the facility. In addition, the SOWs must
describe the proposed phasing and prioritization of interim response
activities and remedial investigation work in a schedule based on
consideration of potential risks to human health and the environment.
Once the SOWs are acceptable to the DEQ, Dow will be required to
immediately begin interim response activities as needed to reduce
exposures and to develop a Remedial Investigation Work Plan to assess
comprehensive cleanup needs. As additional contaminated areas and
exposure pathways are identified, further interim response activities
may need to be implemented accordingly.

"These public meetings are being held as part of the DEQ's effort to
increase openness and transparency and to increase the public's
opportunity to have a meaningful role in activities that could affect
their quality of life," said George Bruchmann, Chief, Waste and
Hazardous Materials Division. "Early public input on these Scopes of
Work is vital to ensure that Dow's remedial investigation, interim
response activities, and other off-site corrective action work is
conducted in the appropriate areas in a prioritized manner for the
protection of public health and the environment."

The DEQ has also established a Community Advisory Panel, consisting of
local residents, local government and health department officials,
business interests, and environmental group representatives, to provide
additional focused input on the Tittabawassee River and Midland area
contamination and to advise the DEQ, the Department of Community Health,
and the Department of Agriculture on the development of public education
materials and other related matters.

Interested persons can review the SOWs and related documents through
the DEQ website at (click on "Waste,"
"Hazardous Waste," "Hazardous Waste Management," and "DOW Part 111
Operating License Information") or by calling 517 373 9881 and
requesting a copy. The documents are also available for review at the
following locations:

* Reference Desk of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, at the address
given above.
* Zauel Memorial Library, 3100 North Center Road, Saginaw Township.
* Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Drive, Saginaw.
* DEQ, Saginaw Bay District Office, 503 North Euclid Avenue, Bay City,
(Contact Ms. Trisha Peters at 989 686 8025, Extension 8204).
* DEQ, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division, Constitution Hall,
Atrium North (Lower Level), 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing.

Written comments on the SOWs will be accepted until October 10, and can
be sent via e mail to or by writing to Ms. Cheryl
Howe, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division, DEQ, P.O. Box 30241,
Lansing, MI 48909 7741.