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E-M:/ DOW NPDES Permit & ACO Hearing -- Correction
Enviro-Mich message from firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Rohrer)
Please note that I gave you the wrong date in the attached message. The
Public Hearing on the proposed NPDES permit for DOW is on Thursday, June 26,
1997 NOT on June 23rd as I reported earlier. Sorry for the error.
The meeting will be held @ The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland
(corner of Eastman and St. Andrews streets) in two sessions, one in
beginning in the afternoon (4:00-6:00) and a second from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
>To: Enviro-Mich List
>From: email@example.com (Tom Rohrer)
>Subject: E-M:/ Important Michigan DEQ Waste Water Permit Hearings
>On June 11, 1997 Alex Sagady wrote:
>>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has just announced
>>two significant NPDES wastewater permit hearings in its calendar published
>>last Monday at:
>>....concerning two significant dischargers in Michigan with potential
>>and basinwide interest.... Dow Chemical and City of Detroit discharges.
>>The DEQ notice says that the Dow permit will be issued together with
>>an administrative consent order but, of course, they don't say anything
>>about the order because you, the citizens, must track this abatement
>>information down yourselves....
>The PROPOSED Administrative Consent Order between the MDEQ and Dow -
Michigan Operations contains a compliance schedule for the company to meet
the effluent limitations in the proposed NPDES permit for a number of
problematic compounds. These include 2,3,7,8-TCDD
(tetrachlorodibenzo<p>dioxin) and HCB (hexachlorobenzene). Dow is in the
process of performing a multi-million dollar upgrade (we guesstimate about
$10-15 million in capital costs) to their wastewater treatment system in
Midland and requires an abatement schedule to assure that permit limits will
be met within a defined time period.
>The order also incorporates the Dow Tertiary Pond Solids Removal Project
that was agreed to as part of our lawsuit against the company last August in
Ingham County Circuit Court. This project will remediate some 22 years of
contaminated solids accumulation in the Dow T-ponds which are adjacent to
the Tittabawassee River. The MDEQ feels it is necessary and appropriate for
Dow to remove and properly dispose of these solids. The end result should
be higher effluent quality, removal and disposal of some 50,000 cubic yards
of dioxin-contaminated solids, and removal of the threat of a possible
catastrophic loss of these solids to the waters of the state (recall the
tornado and torrential rain of 1995 in this area). The overall project costs
are estimated to be around $25 million for the three years of the solids
removal project. The administrative consent order (ACO) recognizes that
during this abatement program there may be some variability in the quality
of the Dow effluent and provides a schedule and mechanism for the assessment
of stipulated penalties should violations of permitted effluent limits
occur. The order also provides for recovery of a good portion of the MDEQ
costs for oversight of this major project by providing both funds and
equipment to the agency.
>The draft ACO is out for public comment along with the permit. Persons
desiring a copy can obtain it by writing to me @ the address below. You can
also request it by e-mail to me if you supply a USPS mailing address.
Comments will be accepted in writing or can be made at the public meeting on
the Permit and ACO scheduled for June 23, 1997 in Midland.
>Enviro-Mich--your source for quick answers....Thanks, Alex for all your
hard work and special thanks to Dave Dempsey and Lana Pollack for the MEC
support of this great information exchage system.
>Protecting and Enhancing the Quality of the State's Waters
Thomas K. Rohrer, Chief
Surface Water Quality Division
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Lansing, MI 48909-0273
Voice = (517) 335-4101
Fax = (517) 373-2040
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