The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meeting on June 28 at the Horizons Center at 6200 State St., Saginaw, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting, open to the general public, will be facilitated by a professional, neutral facilitator.

In January, 2005, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) signed a "Framework for an Agreement" (Framework) to help shape the path forward to address historical dioxin releases in Midland, the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers, and Saginaw Bay.

One element of the Framework calls for the establishment of a broad-based community involvement process to advise the parties as they move forward. To that end, the DEQ and Dow held a series of four convening meetings in March and April 2005 as a first step in determining how to structure community involvement.

In those meetings, community members expressed three clear directions for the public involvement process (1) Information should be presented clearly and unambiguously (2) The DEQ and Dow should use a variety of means to convey information to the community (3) People should have meaningful input into the decisions about how the historical dioxin releases in the area will be addressed.

In response, the DEQ and Dow have prepared a "proposed on-going community involvement plan". A copy of that proposal is attached. Because the CAP has proven valuable in many regards, we are reconvening the CAP specifically to gather input on the proposed ongoing community involvement plan. We are inviting the entire CAP membership, but others who may wish to be involved at this stage are also welcome. Comments from the meeting will be used to refine the proposal prior to obtaining comments from the broader community. A series of three town hall meetings will be held in the area during the summer to obtain public comment on the proposed community involvement plan. Details of the CAP meeting discussion and the town hall meetings will be posted on the DEQ web site at http://www.michigan.gov/deqdioxin.

We hope you can join us on June 28 and look forward to your participation.

Cheryl Howe
Environmental Engineering Specialist
Hazardous Waste Management Unit
Hazardous Waste 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

 


Source: MDEQ

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