U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA: Dow Chemical must clean up Tittabawassee hot spots immediately
Release date: 07/03/2007
Contact Information: Kären Thompson, 312-353-8547, email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO (June 27, 2007) -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
today notified Dow Chemical Co. that it must immediately start cleanup
of three dioxin-contaminated hot spots downstream of its Midland, Mich.,
facility on the Tittabawassee River.
The action is being taken using the Comprehensive Environmental
Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 and requires that Dow
and EPA negotiate the final terms of three administrative consent orders
for the cleanup within 15 days and start field work by August 15.
EPA has documented that dioxin contamination in soil poses risks to
human health and the environment. Cleanup must take place in a
significant portion of the Upper Tittabawassee River this construction
In late November 2006, Dow identified dioxin hot spots along the first
six miles of the Tittabawassee River contaminated with levels up to
87,000 parts per trillion, far in excess of state and federal
requirements. The areas of concern are subject to flooding and erosion
that could spread the contamination.
Dow's corrective action work under its 2003 Michigan Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act license has taken too long, prompting EPA
to require the following actions.
Development of a removal plan, including field sampling.
Excavation and/or dredging of soil, bottom deposit, sediment,
submerged sediment, riverbank and floodplain soil to an EPA-approved
Cut-back and stabilization of river bank.
Proper disposal of all dioxin-contaminated material, including
Re-vegetation of floodplain areas with native plants, backfilling
and erosion control.
Sampling and chemical analysis as removal progresses.
Dow has five days to respond to EPA's notice letter.
The Dow facility is a 1,900-acre chemical manufacturing plant located in
Midland, Mich. 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. Contamination of the Saginaw Bay
Watershed extends over 50 miles into Saginaw Bay.
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CONTACT: Karen Thompson, +1-312-353-8547,
firstname.lastname@example.org, of U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
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