EPA holds public forums about Great Lakes Bay Region dioxin cleanup
Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 6:00 PM By Lindsay Knake | The Saginaw News

Great Lakes Bay Region residents will have the chance to share their opinions on the area dioxin cleanup at three public hearings in January.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a hearing at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Saginaw Valley State University, and two smaller, informal sessions from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Freeland SportsZone, 5690 Midland in Freeland, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields in Thomas Township.

Remedial Project Manager Mary Logan said the EPA may change operations based on public opinion.

The regular Tittabawassee-Saginaw Rivers Contamination Community Advisory Group meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Four Points Sheraton, 4960 Town Center in Saginaw Township, said EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Patricia Krause. The EPA helped form the group in 2009 to connect with the public about the cleanup and to receive feedback.

The environment agency will hold another public forum in the spring to propose cleanup options in a three-mile segment of the Tittabawassee River by the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland. Construction for that cleanup will start in 2012, Logan said.

Residents with questions can call Krause at (800) 621-8431. Comments also may be e-mailed to Krause at krause.patricia@epa.gov .

jdhdjd January 12, 2011 at 6:07PM

How can the EPA, a government entity, hold hearings concerning a specified area that does not exist ?

porkysplace January 12, 2011 at 8:51PM

most elected officials live in dreamland

gotham1883 January 12, 2011 at 10:47PM

Another reason why there should be no EPA.

zagmeyer January 13, 2011 at 12:44AM

Do any of the local papers have any contacts anymore for opinions on this, or any stories for that matter, except for Dow or the Chamber of Commerce?

The "news" has become so pathetic locally in the past couple of years, I really think I am going to have to drop my home 3 day delivery. I would really like to support local papers, but considering the content any more, why?

What they report is not news any longer, it's police reports and sound bites from corporate driven "community leaders". It really is just disgusting.

None of you should call yourselves journalists.

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