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Dow expected to sign clean up plan

September 29, 2009
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SAGINAW, MI - State and federal environment officials and Midland’s Dow Chemical have reportedly concluded dioxin clean up negotiations addressing contamination along the Tittabawassee River and Saginaw River and Bay, according to an article on The Saginaw News.
A formal proposal could come in less than a month and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Quality representatives said the talks, “will likely result in a proposed agreement on an administrative order on consent to comprehensively address dioxin and other Dow Chemical contamination.”
Officials say the public will have an opportunity to chime in on any agreement, stated the article.
“In June, EPA outlined our non-negotiables to the community at a public meeting and we have held firm,” said Bharat Mathur, acting regional administrator with the EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. “EPA listened to the community before the negotiations began and we won’t sign off on any clean up agreement before public concerns have been discussed and considered.”
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