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Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Subject: Superfund &
Brownfields News (Region 5): EPA and city of Midland agree on dioxin sampling information
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EPA and city of Midland
agree on dioxin sampling information
- Sep. 25, 2007) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the city of Midland have reached
consensus on the dioxin information that the city will provide the Agency. The
city will submit the sampling protocol and spatial distribution of data points
without identifying specific property locations or property owners.
letter last week to EPA, the city thanked the Agency for cooperating on a
solution that "respects the anonymity that was promised to property owners
who allowed sampling on their property."
city of Midland
committed to a reasonable schedule for submitting information over the next
month," said Ralph Dollhopf, associate director of EPA's Superfund
Division. "It's clear that the city and EPA both share a common goal of
protecting the health of Midland residents
without unnecessarily compromising their privacy. The sampling details should
help EPA in evaluating the levels of dioxin in soils in Midland and allow us to better assess any
2006 and 2007 as part of a study funded by Dow Chemical Co., 199 soil samples
were taken at 139 sites in Midland.
Data on soil samples was obscured by a double blind system for which the city
held the key. On Aug. 31, EPA sent an information request to the city and two
other entities to provide the sample results.
information request is part of a larger investigation of dioxin contamination
in the Midland area. In mid-August, EPA issued
two requests to Dow seeking information about its dioxin sampling at its
facility and elsewhere. EPA is also seeking extensive data on numerous other
hazardous waste materials produced at the Dow Midland plant.
result of EPA orders in late June, Dow is cleaning up three dioxin hot spots in
River. EPA expects the
cleanups to be completed by the end of the year, which will set the stage for
additional work downriver.
Dow facility is a 1,900-acre chemical manufacturing plant located in Midland. Dioxins and
furans were byproducts from the manufacture of chlorine-based products. Past
waste disposal practices, fugitive emissions and incineration at Dow have
resulted in on- and off-site dioxin and furan contamination.
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