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E-M:/ Dow takes DEQ to court over dioxin cleanup


Dow Chemical takes DEQ to court over cleanup

MIDLAND -- The conflict between Dow Chemical Co. and environmental regulators is spilling into the courtroom.

The latest scrap is like an unhappy couple arguing over directions on a map. Officials with the Midland-based chemical company say they have filed a petition in Midland County Circuit Court against the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Dow spokesman John Musser said the DEQ made an "unprecedented" amendment to Dow's proposed dioxin testing plans along the Saginaw River and bay that would require the company to test an additional 300 square miles of soil beneath Lake Huron. Testing the lake is not included in the DEQ-issued operating license that Dow has worked under since 2003, Musser said.

DEQ officials say the company isn't reading the map right. "It's not true," said Robert McCann, DEQ spokesman. "(The work plan) goes about three-quarters of the way into the Saginaw Bay, but it doesn't go into Lake Huron."