*(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.?