Dow Chemical to clean up dioxin contamination of a Saginaw
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Region 5 announced an agreement with Dow Chemical Co.
that requires the company to clean up dioxin contamination
in the Riverside Boulevard neighborhood of Saginaw, Michigan.
Construction work in this neighborhood on the Lower Tittabawassee
River began in late July and is expected to continue
through the fall.
EPA data shows unacceptably high levels of dioxin contamination
in yards, the unpaved Riverside Boulevard roadway and
in the interior of some homes.
Last April, EPA took soil samples at the residential
properties following discussions and consultation with
the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and
the Michigan Department of Community Health.
The new agreement includes the excavation of residential
yards, then backfilling with clean soil, interior cleaning
of the homes involved, and remediation of all unpaved
surfaces on Riverside Boulevard.
Dow’s Midland facility is a 1,900-acre chemical manufacturing
plant. Dioxins and furans are byproducts from manufacturing