Dow to notify property owners of cleanup plans, meetings

Kathie Marchlewski, Midland Daily News 02/24/2005

Tittabawassee River residents whose property has been targeted for dioxin cleanup are receiving letters and invitations this week from The Dow Chemical Co.

The communication -- notification to about 130 property owners whose land is expected to contain dioxin levels at or higher than 1,000 parts per trillion -- marks the first in a series of steps the company and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality agreed to in January to address local contamination. Around 100 Midland property owners whose land has contamination above that level are expected to be contacted in upcoming weeks.

"Our time frame is 'as soon as possible,'" said DEQ spokesman Bob McCann.

Dow has scheduled a series of five private meetings on March 1, 2 and 3 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw, where riverside property owners will get an explanation of what comes next.

As part of the framework, Dow is required to offer residents interim response activities that will keep people from being exposed to the dioxin in their soils. Activities could include removing soils and dirt from inside homes and covering exposed outside soil with barriers such as pavement or wood chips. Action is optional, and residents can refuse.

Residents attending next week's meetings also will be introduced to representatives from AKT Peerless Environmental Services, the Saginaw-based contractor Dow hired to perform the work.

A representative from the DEQ is expected to attend meetings. For more information on the framework, visit

©Midland Daily News 2005

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