EPA extends deadline for negotiating river cleanups with
Associated Press - December 21, 2007 8:24 PM ET
CHICAGO (AP) - The federal government has suspended its deadline with Dow Chemical Company to negotiate ground rules for conducting and paying for a study of dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River system.
Midland-based Dow acknowledges that, for decades, its 1,900-acre plant in that city polluted the watershed with dioxins and furans - chemical byproducts that may cause cancer and damage reproductive and immune systems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Dow to develop a plan that would show its willingness to design and pay for a comprehensive solution. The EPA established a December 10 deadline to resolve negotiations with an option to extend it.
An EPA statement released Friday didn't mention a new deadline.
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