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DEQ job opportunity



The Department of Environmental Quality's Hazardous Waste Section
recently received a grant to undertake the project described below.
They are now looking for a Graduate or advanced stage Undergraduate
student in environmental and/or engineering studies to staff this
project.  The project is a perfect  thesis or dissertation topic. The
grant provides a good wage and will cover all testing and monitoring
expenses.

THE PROJECT
Persistent biaccumulative compounds have historically been released
from industrial entities in the Saginaw Bay watershed.  Dioxins and
furans, polychlorinated and polybrominated biphenyl compounds (PCBs
and PBBs), pesticides, herbicides and other persistent bioaccumulative
compounds are the primary compounds of concern.  Currently, there is a
lack of detailed information regarding the presence, location, and
concentration of these compounds in the sediments along certain
portions of rivers in the Saginaw Bay watershed, in particular, the
Tittabawassee River.  The scope of this study is to collect and
analyze samples of sediments beginning upstream of Midland, Michigan
on the Pine, Chippewa, and Tittabawassee Rivers and downstream from
Midland on the Tittabawassee River into the Saginaw River.  These
samples would be analyzed for volatiles, semivolatiles, pesticides,
herbicides, PCBs, PBBs, dioxins, furans and heavy metals.  This
project would serve as a screening level evaluation of sediment
quality to supplement existing data, to determine if contaminants are
present at levels of environmental concern and if they are a potential
source of ongoing releases to Lake Huron.  The data from this study
would serve to establish a year 2001 baseline level of contamination
of sediments within this watershed and would provide a benchmark
against which future improvements in sediment and water quality could
be measured.  This data would be linked to other environmental studies
currently being conducted on the Saginaw Basin by the Surface Water
Quality Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition,
the analytical results from the study could be used to form the basis
for a request for corrective action, if necessary, from regulated
facilities within the watershed.

For details contact:
Mr. Allan Taylor
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management Division
Hazardous Waste Program Section
Technical Support Unit
P. O. Box 30241
Lansing, Michigan  48909
Phone: 517-335-4799
e-mail: taylorab@state.mi.us