From: U.S. EPA
Kären Thompson, 312-353-8547, firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA: Dow Chemical must clean up Tittabawassee hot spots immediately
CHICAGO (June 27, 2007) -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today notified Dow Chemical Co. that it must immediately start cleanup of three dioxin-contaminated hot spots downstream of its Midland, Mich., facility on the Tittabawassee River.
The action is being taken using the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 and requires that Dow and EPA negotiate the final terms of three administrative consent orders for the cleanup within 15 days and start field work by August 15.
has documented that dioxin contamination in soil poses risks to human health
and the environment. Cleanup must take place in a significant
portion of the
In late November 2006, Dow identified dioxin hot spots along the first six miles of the Tittabawassee River contaminated with levels up to 87,000 parts per trillion, far in excess of state and federal requirements. The areas of concern are subject to flooding and erosion that could spread the contamination.
corrective action work under its 2003 Michigan Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act license has taken too long, prompting EPA to require the following
Dow has five days to respond to EPA's notice letter.
Dow facility is a 1,900-acre chemical manufacturing plant located in
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