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E-M:/ Midland: community, dioxin dispute & meetings update: Midland Daily News

Enviro-Mich message from "Rita Jack" <rita.jack@sierraclub.org>

2 articles of interest for Midland residents and all those downstream.  

Resident wants citizens involved in dioxin dispute 
Kathie Marchlewski , Midland Daily News   5/24/2004

    At least one Midland resident and homeowner says the interests of
the community are being overlooked by state agencies when it comes to
dioxin contamination in soils. 

    Bill Egerer is sure he isn't alone in that belief, and wants his
neighbors to unite in action. 
    "We have a problem here because there is no organized group of
Midland residents," Egerer said. "If they want to come in and dig up the
entire town, we need one." 
    A launch of the group will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ned S.
Arbury Park, which is kitty-corner from the Santa House on Main Street. 
    While the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality hasn't said
exactly what plans are for dealing with dioxin in Midland soils, testing
is expected to begin in upcoming weeks. Previous samples showed levels
higher than the state's residential direct contact criteria of 90 parts
per trillion in areas northeast of The Dow Chemical Co.'s Michigan
Operations plant. 


City urging Midlanders to participate in dialogue 
By Kathie Marchlewski , Midland Daily News  05/23/2004 
    Michigan Department of Environmental Quality studies of dioxin in
Midland soils could affect thousands, and city officials want residents
to be aware of what recent developments could mean. 

    "I don't think people realize how potentially broad the problem is,"
said Mayor R. Drummond Black. City estimates show that 8,800 homes and
21,300 people -- nearly half the population -- could be affected by DEQ
regulations and Dow cleanup requirements. "People think 'It's not at my
house.' but it's looking as though it could be at a great number of

    A community meeting on the topic will be held with representatives
from the MDEQ, Dow, the Midland County Health Department and the City of
Midland Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Midland Center for the Arts. 

    Black said the idea is to give the community a clear picture of the
situation and an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns

Rita Jack
Water Sentinels Project Director
Mackinac Chapter Sierra Club
tel:  517-484-2372
"Speak out - even if your voice shakes."

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