Dow agrees to dioxin cleanup in Michigan area
March 4, 2009
Dow Chemical Company has agreed to clean up dioxin contamination in a Saginaw Township park and nearby residential sites, as reported by the Associated Press. The Environmental Protection Agency said polluted sediment had washed into West Michigan Park numerous times during flooding over the years. The park is three miles upstream from the confluence of the Tittabawassee and the Shiawassee rivers and downstream from the Dow plant in Midland that polluted the watershed with highly toxic dioxins and furans for many decades. Dioxin levels ranged around 3,000 parts per trillion in the park according to a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The fact that children play on the ground in the park spurred authorities to order the cleanup. Dow will submit a cleanup plan and will begin work next month. It will include replacing soil, paving the park''s driveway and raising playground equipment to prevent contamination in future flooding. The park will re-open by early June. Several tainted spots at a nearby condominium complex and residential lots will be cleaned as well.