top layer of Midland's dioxin-contaminated soil might be removed and
replaced. Or maybe not.
Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality director Steve Chester gave an overview of the agency's
philosophies on dioxin, but never said exactly what's in store for Midland
"I don't see us
any closer," said Bill Egerer, organizer of Midland Matters, a resident
group mobilized to infuse a local voice into DEQ's local decisions.
"There was a lot of head shaking."
He and about a hundred
other concerned citizens greeted DEQ staff members at a City of Midland-sponsored
informational meeting on the dioxin dilemma with signs: "Shame on you
DEQ" and "Show me the science."
More than 1,700 people
crowded the Midland Center for the Arts by the time the program began.
Chester, along with
representatives from The Dow Chemical Co., The City of Midland and Midland
County Health Department, entertained questions from the community on
problems and proceedings.
"With respect to
corrective action, Dow is accountable under federal and state law to
remediate that contamination," Chester said.
That means making sure
the concentration of dioxin in Midland soil falls below the controversial
state standard of 90 parts per trillion, a measurement derived from an
algorithm that takes into account potential exposure factors.