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E-M:/ Obama EPA halts Dow dioxin negotiations

Obama EPA chief orders halt to negotiations with Dow

*(Snips)*   In one of her first actions as director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson has ordered the Great Lakes office of EPA to stop negotiations with the Dow Chemical company ? begun in the last days of the Bush administration ? over controversial dioxin cleanup in the Saginaw Bay watershed.

The move is being celebrated by Michigan environmental groups that have appealed to the new administration to intervene in a process they say could shuffle the cleanup of a serious public health hazard into a non-regulatory process favored by the company.


*(From Michelle Hurd Riddick)*     ?There has not been a public health voice on this matter,? she said. ?Not the health department, not the [Michigan Department of Community Health], and EPA has been very quiet about this.?