EPA holds public forum Thursday at SVSU, seeks comment on Tittabawassee island cleanup
Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1:00 PM By Lindsay Knake | The Saginaw News

Reach Island MM is a source of furan contamination in the Tittabawassee River. The EPA has three proposed cleanup options.

KOCHVILLE TWP. -- Great Lakes Bay Region residents have to chance to give their opinions about a dioxin cleanup process in the Tittabawassee River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed three options to keep the Reach Island MM from releasing furans, a chemical similar to dioxin, into the river.

The agency is holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Saginaw Valley State University’s Curtiss Hall, 7400 Bay in Kochville Township.

The approximately 150-foot by 35-foot island is near Weiss Street and M-47 in Saginaw Township.

Dioxin is a group of chemical byproducts from combustion. People exposed to the human carcinogen can delay motor skills and neurodevelopment in children and impact growth, metabolism and reproductive hormones. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 95 percent of Americans have dioxins in their blood.

Dow Chemical Co. acknowledging releasing the chemical into the Tittabawassee River from the 1930s to the 1970s. The Midland-based company is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA to clean up the river system.

The EPA proposes removing contaminated sediment along the island bank and placing a cap over the area. Officials would continue to monitor the river to ensure the cap kept contamination contained.

The estimated cost is $500,000.

From April 22 to May 22, people can submit their own recommendations to the EPA.

Comments on the proposed plan may be submitted in writing to Community Involvement Coordinator Patricia Krause at EPA Region 5 (SI-7J), 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604, by fax to Patricia Krause at (312) 697-2568 or online.

For further information, the EPA has an information office in the Saginaw County Governmental Center, 111 S. Michigan in Saginaw. Anyone in need of information can call 790-5215.

To view documents related to the site, visit the EPA website or visit the Dow Memorial Library at 1710 Saint Andrews in Midland, Hoyt Library at 505 Janes in Saginaw or the Wirt Public Library at 500 Center in Bay City.


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