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Tri-Cities dioxin cleanup meeting Jan. 15, 7 P.M.

Release Date: 01/05/2009
Contact Information: (EPA) Mick Hans, 312-353-5050,, (EPA) Anne Rowan, 312-353-9391,, (MDEQ) Bob McCann, 517-241-7397

No. 09-OPA001

(Chicago, Ill. - Jan. 5, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will host a meeting on short- and long-term plans to clean up dioxin in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers and Saginaw Bay. The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at Saginaw Valley State University, Curtiss Hall, Seminar Rooms, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw. EPA and MDEQ officials will be available for informal discussions beginning at 6:30 p.m.

EPA is starting new negotiations with MDEQ and Dow Chemical Co. on a process that can be used to develop a comprehensive cleanup plan under the "Superfund Alternative Approach." This approach uses normal Superfund procedures and encourages public involvement throughout the process.

More information is online at and at (click on "Dioxin Information"). Residents with questions or who need special accommodations at the meeting may contact Patti Krause, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, 800-621-8431, Ext. 69506, or

Dioxins are highly toxic compounds that pose serious risks to human health and the environment. Dioxins and furans come from the production of chlorine-based products. Past waste disposal practices, fugitive emissions and incineration at Dow resulted in dioxin and furan contamination at areas within Dow's 1,900-acre Midland facility and off-site areas in the Tri-Cities.

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