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Dow Chemical's dioxin debacle

January 26, 2009
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MIDLAND, MI — For decades, state and federal agencies have been debating with Dow Chemical Company officials over how to deal with a plume of dioxin, an extremely toxic byproduct of the chemical-manufacturing process, that has spread 50 miles down river from Dow’s headquarters through the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and into the Saginaw Bay, according to The Michigan Messanger.
After a series of closed-door negotiations between Dow and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2003 and again in 2007, the deliberations were called off because the proposal was insufficient to protect human health, the story stated.
The EPA said it hoped to have the new cleanup deal approved by Dow by February 15 to end the decades long pollution problem, the story noted.
Though the health and environmental risks associated with dioxin have long been known, little actual cleanup has taken place since the issue was first addressed in 1982, the story added.
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