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E-M:/ MDEQ-DOW settlement
- Subject: E-M:/ MDEQ-DOW settlement
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 15:55:40 -0500
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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
I read this whole MDEQ news release and found nothing at all about
cleanup on the contaminated bottomlands of the
Tittabawassee River ..... only on bankside residential
and floodplain areas. If this is all there is it doesn't sound
like Granholm/Cherry will be pressing the issues of ecological
risk from what is in the stream bottom sediments.
Of course, the tipoff is when MDEQ is quoting Dow vice presidents
about "responsible, science based, final resolution" and "framework"
of the settlement in their news release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2005
Contact: Patricia Spitzley
DEQ and Dow Agree On Framework
The Department of Environmental Quality announced today that an agreement
has been reached with the Dow Chemical Company on framework to begin
immediate work towards the cleanup of dioxin contamination in Midland,
along the Tittabawassee River, the Saginaw River, and Saginaw Bay.
"The framework establishes a path for cleanup focused around our strong
commitment to healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy economy,"
said Lieutenant Governor John Cherry. "It is the result of hard work and a
will to reach agreement by both parties."
Developed consistent with Dow's existing Hazardous Waste Operating License,
the framework requires Dow to take immediate actions to reduce citizen
exposure to dioxin. These actions, called "interim response activities",
are DEQ approved plans that focus first on areas where the risk of exposure
to dioxin is the greatest in the city of Midland and along the
Tittabawassee River (Priority 1 Areas). Specifically, activities will be
focused on Corning Lane, a neighborhood north of the Dow facility; a
neighborhood east of Corning Lane in Midland; and residential properties on
the Tittabawassee River Floodplain where the home or the yard close to the
home was inundated during the March 2004 flood.
Dow may use a variety of measures to mitigate exposure to contaminants
including, but not limited to, covering exposed soils and house
cleaning. Exposure barriers will be put in place no later than December
31, 2005 and will be maintained until Dow initiates a DEQ-approved final
cleanup action plan. Work will begin on the areas flooded by the March
2004 flood along the Tittabawassee River not included in Priority 1 Areas,
in January 2006 (Priority 2 Areas).
"The framework enables us to take immediate actions while we continue to
develop a responsible, science based, final resolution to the situation for
residents, our communities, and the Mid-Michigan region," said Susan
Carrington, Vice President and Director of the Michigan Dioxin Initiative
for Dow Chemical.
In addition to these steps, Dow will undertake further interim actions to
address long term cleanup efforts. These actions include:
* Providing funding, or the services of a contractor, to assist homeowners
in removing mud and dirt from the interior of residential buildings and on
paved areas when deposited by flood events. Dow will also provide funding
to local governmental agencies to assist with cleanup of sediments
deposited on paved public access areas by flood events.
* Addressing exposure to dioxin at any residential property that is
determined to have soil dioxin levels similar to the Priority 1 Areas.
* Taking additional actions deemed necessary to protect public health and
the environment, until a final remedial action plan is implemented.
Dow will have the opportunity to study the bioavailability of dioxin in
soils and use that information to propose potential area-wide or
site-specific cleanup criteria for this "off-site" dioxin
contamination. The DEQ will consider the results of such study and Dow's
proposed criteria in accordance with state law. DEQ and Dow will further
define Dow's responsibilities for areas beyond the Dow plant site through
The DEQ and Dow will engage the public in discussions on the various
activities described in the framework as they are developed and
implemented. Additional opportunities to provide outreach to the public on
the status of immediate actions undertaken and future remedial action will
be announced in the coming weeks. Dow, with participation from the DEQ,
will schedule outreach sessions with numerous stakeholders, including
families and property owners within the Priority 1 Areas described in the
framework to explain the process and any potential impact on their properties.
"This framework ensures that the cleanup activities undertaken by Dow will
be protective of human health and the environment," said DEQ Director
Steven E. Chester. "As we move forward, we welcome the public's
participation in developing a comprehensive resolution of Dow's corrective
The framework, along with a map showing Priority 1 and 2 Areas, can be
viewed online on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at www.mi.gov/deqdioxin.
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