Dow, environmental agencies sign dioxin cleanup order
By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News
 January 15, 2010, 12:49PM

Midland’s Dow Chemical, along with state and national environmental agencies, have signed an agreement over dioxin cleanup, officials say.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Quality published a draft of the agreement, called an administrative order on consent, for the public to view in October.

After reviewing comments from more than 60 individuals and groups, the document remains unchanged, officials say.

“Community involvement has been and will continue to be a centerpiece of our efforts to comprehensively address the site,” Mathy Stanislaus, EPA assistant administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, said in a statement. “This order reflects Administrator Jackson’s commitment to first review the site status and then move toward an effective cleanup.”

Midland-based Dow Chemical Co, state and federal environmental agencies announced today that they have agreed on a dioxin cleanup consent order. The proposed settlement outlines a process for evaluating and cleaning up historic dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw river and bay.

The order includes: Technical activities Dow must complete, which includes “addressing high-use properties along the rivers, addressing erosion and movement of highly contaminated soil and sediment; Legal terms addressing EPA and DEQ site costs and fines Dow may be required to pay in the event of noncompliance; How the community can seek technical assistance regarding the cleanup.

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