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Dow offers to buy 50 dioxin-contaminated properties

February 16, 2012
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MIDLAND, Mich. — Dow Chemical Co. is offering to purchase about 50 properties near its chemical plant, where airborne emissions contaminated the soil with dioxin, according to a press release.

In recent years, Dow has admitted to polluting 50 miles of rivers and floodplains in Michigan with dioxin, a byproduct of chemical manufacturing, for much of the past century.

Dow will donate acquired properties to Midland Tomorrow, the nonprofit economic development entity serving Midland County.

“We see this as an opportunity to address land use near our manufacturing site and give people still living in this industrial/commercial area the choice to move elsewhere,” said Rich A. Wells, vice president and site director for Dow’s Michigan Operations.

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