Homeowners happy with dioxin cleanup

 By Tony Lascari of the Midland Daily News
Published: Friday, November 7, 2008 10:49 PM EST

Harold and Patricia Evans were surprised by the quick process used to remove and replace two feet of dirt surrounding their entire Riverside Boulevard neighborhood in Saginaw.

The removal targeted dioxin and furan pollution in the soil, homes and roadway in the neighborhood by the river.

“Those who managed the project finished the project faster than we ever could have imagined,” Harold Evans said.

He praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and The Dow Chemical Co. for working together and showing concern for the homeowners.

“They did a super job,” Patricia Evans said. “It’s a terribly invasive process and they made it easy for us.”

The neighborhood was targeted for cleanup actions based on high samples found throughout the site, said Jeff Kimble, EPA Region 5 on scene coordinator.

“The cleanup’s gone pretty successfully,” he said, with most of the activities finished.

The process involved removing two feet of soil surrounding the homes and one foot in area further away. The soil was replaced and yards received sod. The dirt road in the neighborhood, which had creating polluted dust, was paved.

Once work outside was complete, teams replaced carpeting and cleaned hard surfaces which doing duct work and replacing furnace filters.

Kimble said 21,222 tons of contaminated soils were removed from the site.

“It’s pretty impressive,” he said of the work that was accomplished in a short period.

Now the EPA, MDEQ and Dow must consider how to monitor the area for potential recontamination.

Reporter Tony Lascari can be reached at tlascari@mdn.net or (989) 839-4275.

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