Dow Chemical meets with public on dioxins

Company hopes public input will bring solution

By Katie Mitzner Saginaw County — (09/03/03)--Saginaw County residents and Dow Chemical met Wednesday and began to brainstorm on how to clean up the Tittabawassee River.

The effort to get Dow Chemical to clean up dioxins from the Tittabawassee River continues. Now those affected by the contamination are sharing their ideas with the company on how to remedy the situation.

ABC12's Katie Mitzner had more.

For the past year, those living along the Tittabawassee River have been waiting for Dow Chemical to take steps to remove the contamination from the river bed and the surrounding flood plain. Dow asked for public input to get the job done.

The Henrys used to enjoy their big backyard leading out to the Tittabawassee River. Now they're afraid to spend their time outdoors.

Now involved in a lawsuit against Dow Chemical, they came to Wednesday night's meeting with the community advisory panel to hear what Dow had to say.

As Dow moves toward short-term and long-term solutions to the contamination problem, they're hoping community input will point them in the right direction and smooth over their relationship with residents.

Those who deal with the contamination every day just hope a brainstorming session leads to real change. The DEQ will host two public meetings at some point later this month so that they can hear more public comment about the dioxin cleanup.

Last Updated: Sep 3, 2003