dioxin http://michiganradio.org en EPA plans cleanup of dioxin-tainted Tittabawassee River segment http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-plans-cleanup-dioxin-tainted-tittabawassee-river-segment <p>BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making plans for cleanup next year of a 4-mile-long segment of the Tittabawassee River contaminated with dioxin from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland.<br /><br />It's part of a multi-year strategy to remove tainted sediments from the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers that were polluted by water and air emissions from the plant from the late 1890s to the 1970s.<br /><br />A 3-mile stretch near the plant was completed in September.<br /> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15006 at http://michiganradio.org EPA plans cleanup of dioxin-tainted Tittabawassee River segment New MSU study looks into the effects of dioxins on human health http://michiganradio.org/post/new-msu-study-looks-effects-dioxins-human-health <p>Dioxins are environmental pollutants that are known to be toxic to many animal species, and since dioxins work their way up the food chain, there needs to be a clearer understanding of their effects on humans.</p><p>That's why we wanted you to know about a more than $14 million study being launched at Michigan State University. Researchers hope to get a better idea of how dioxins affect human health and they hope to figure out new ways of removing them from the environment.</p><p>Norbert Kaminski directs Michigan State University's Center for Integrative Toxicology and he is the lead researcher in this major study. He joined us today from the campus in East Lansing.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:42:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 13673 at http://michiganradio.org New MSU study looks into the effects of dioxins on human health Stateside for Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-24th-2013 <p>This week marks three years since an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. More than a million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River, but the cleanup isn't over yet. We got an update on the cleanup efforts and what still needs to be done.</p><div>And, we heard from Michigan storyteller Allison Downey. She brought us the voices of the workers at a recent summer carnival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, a new study at Michigan State University is investigating how dioxins affect human health. The lead researcher for this study joined us today.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, bankruptcy isn't the only issue Detroit is facing. We took a look at how crime is plaguing the city.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, eventually Detroit’s bankruptcy filing will be over. Eventually, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will no longer be in charge of Detroit’s finances. When those things happen, Detroit will go back to being run by its city government… by a mayor, and a city council.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Daniel Howes, columnist at <em>The Detroit News</em>, focused on this future in his column yesterday in the <em>News</em>. He joined us today to discuss whether Detroit can shed its bad governance habits in light of the bankruptcy.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:12:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 13680 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 Michigan State University to study dioxins and human health http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-study-dioxins-and-human-health <p>Michigan State University is getting&nbsp; $14 million to study how dioxins affect human health.</p><p></p><p>MSU researchers will look for ways to remove dioxins from the environment and reach out to communities burdened with the toxic pollutants.</p><p></p><p>Dioxin contamination has been a problem in parts of Michigan, including along the Tittabawassee and Kalamazoo Rivers.</p><p></p><p>Norbert Kaminski is heading up the multi-disciplinary study. He notes that dioxins have been linked to illnesses like cancer.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:57:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 13430 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University to study dioxins and human health Dow chemical sampling properties in Midland, Michigan for dioxin pollution http://michiganradio.org/post/dow-chemical-sampling-properties-midland-michigan-dioxin-pollution <p>MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says Dow Chemical Co. is ahead of schedule as it samples residential properties in Midland for dioxin.</p><p>The DEQ this week approved Dow's request to begin work on 300 properties that had been scheduled for inspection next year.</p><p>It's part of a five-year plan to clean up neighborhoods contaminated for decades by airborne dioxin from a Dow plant in Midland, where the company is based.</p><p>Of about 150 properties sampled thus far, 22 have had dioxin levels higher than 250 parts per trillion, which triggers a company-funded cleanup if the owners want it.</p><p>Results from this fall's sampling will be available next spring. Any needed cleanups will get started then.</p><p>Dow is negotiating with federal officials over cleanup of the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:59:47 +0000 The Associated Press 9093 at http://michiganradio.org Dow chemical sampling properties in Midland, Michigan for dioxin pollution State OKs Dow dioxin clean-up plan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-oks-dow-dioxin-clean-plan <p>After years of back-and-forth between residents, regulators and Dow Chemical, a massive clean-up of contaminated soil in Midland is getting under way.</p><p>The state approved the cleanup plan today. It calls for soil testing on 1,400 properties. Officials are looking for dioxins. Those are byproducts of chemical manufacturing. The toxins have been <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/">linked to health problems</a>, including cancer.</p><p>&quot;After all the meetings I&#39;ve attended over the years and everything, and being asked why&#39;s this taking so long and everything, it&#39;s nice to be able to tell somebody the actual clean-up is really being done,&quot; said Jim Sygo, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p>The plan calls for removing and replacing soil contaminated with dioxin at levels above 250 parts per trillion.</p><p>Sygo says that&#39;s a level that studies have determined poses an unacceptable cancer risk.</p><p>Environmental groups say they think the number should be lower, and take into account health risks other than cancer.</p><p>Still, some are celebrating the milestone.</p><p>&ldquo;If you know the history of the city of Midland, and how political this has been, and how much push-back there has been from city fathers, from the business community, from the Chamber of Commerce, from Dow Chemical, over decades, I think only then can you truly appreciate&hellip;this is significant progress for that community,&rdquo; said Michelle Hurd Riddick of the Lone Tree Council.</p><p>Dow Chemical Co.&#39;s plan to clean up sites with dioxin contamination near its Midland facility has been approved by Michigan&#39;s Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dow-chemical-agrees-clean-dioxin-tainted-properties-midland-michigan">Back in February</a>, Dow also offered a land purchase and relocation program to about 50 landowners living near the company&#39;s Michigan Operations manufacturing plant.</p><p>From a <a href="http://www.dow.com/news/corporate/2012/20120216a.htm">Dow press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Dow is offering this incentivized property purchase program to give property owners in the immediate area north and east of Michigan Operations...the option to move out of an industrial/commercial area to a residential area, if they so choose. The program will also offer relocation support for those who rent their homes, if the property owner participates in the program.</p></blockquote><p>As the <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/search.php?query=dioxins">Environment Report</a>&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/epa-misses-deadline-issue-dioxin-health-assessment">Rebecca Williams has reported</a>, dioxins are a class of toxic chemicals that appear &quot;in the environment as by-products of many industrial processes and some natural sources.&quot; The Environmental Protection Agency says dioxins are likely to cause cancer in humans.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson contributed to this&nbsp;report</em></p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:28:43 +0000 Sarah Hulett 7716 at http://michiganradio.org State OKs Dow dioxin clean-up plan EPA releases major health assessment of dioxins http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-releases-major-health-assessment-dioxins <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a report on dioxins that&rsquo;s more than 25 years in the making.&nbsp;</p><p>Dioxins are a class of toxic chemicals. &nbsp;They&rsquo;re by-products of many industrial processes and some natural sources.</p><p>The EPA says dioxins are likely to cause cancer in humans.</p><p>The agency has finally released <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/33bcba60ed25a9b1852579a700604ed7!OpenDocument">the first part of a report</a> on just how toxic dioxins are.&nbsp;It looks at non-cancer health risks.</p><p>The report says high levels of dioxin exposure can cause developmental and reproductive effects... interfere with hormones and damage the immune system... and cause a severe skin disease called chloracne.&nbsp;</p><p>The EPA says most Americans have low-level exposure to dioxins... mostly through high-fat fish, meat and dairy products.</p><p>But the EPA says low levels of exposure do not pose a significant health risk and does not recommend avoiding any particular foods because of dioxin.</p><p>You can read <a href="http://www.epa.gov/dioxin/pdfs/EPA_Dioxin-Factsheet-2012.pdf">EPA&#39;s Consumer Fact Sheet</a> and <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FoodContaminantsAdulteration/ChemicalContaminants/DioxinsPCBs/ucm077524.htm">FAQs</a> from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to learn more.</p><p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:30:34 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6272 at http://michiganradio.org Dow Chemical agrees to clean dioxin-tainted properties in Midland, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/dow-chemical-agrees-clean-dioxin-tainted-properties-midland-michigan <p>John Flesher of the Associated Press reports Michigan environmental regulators have reached a deal with Dow Chemical to clean up around 1,400 residential properties in Midland. The soil in these areas is contaminated with dioxin.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it agrees with the company on cleanup plan framework. Dow will fill in the details and submit them to the state for review next month.</p><p>Dow has acknowledged polluting 50 miles of rivers and floodplains in Michigan with dioxin for much of the past century. Negotiations and studies with state and federal agencies on how to fix the damage have dragged on since the mid-1990s.</p><p>The Midland agreement follows a deal reached last fall on cleansing a three-mile stretch of the Tittabawassee River near the plant.</p></blockquote><p>The company issued a statement about the agreement noting they will also offer a land purchase program to around 50 land owners near its Michigan Operations manufacturing site in Midland.</p><p>The properties are in the area where Dow and the state agreed to the clean-up and remediation deal.</p><p>A map of the affected properties is show above.</p><p>From Dow&#39;s <a href="http://www.dow.com/news/corporate/2012/20120216a.htm">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Dow is offering this incentivized property purchase program to give property owners in the immediate area north and east of Michigan Operations (see map) the option to move out of an industrial/commercial area to a residential area, if they so choose. The program will also offer relocation support for those who rent their homes, if the property owner participates in the program.</p><p>&quot;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,&quot; said Rich A. Wells, vice president and site director for Dow&#39;s Michigan Operations.</p></blockquote><p>Dow says they will donate the acquired the properties to Midland Tomorrow, a &quot;nonprofit economic development entity serving Midland County.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:30:49 +0000 Mark Brush 6247 at http://michiganradio.org Dow Chemical agrees to clean dioxin-tainted properties in Midland, Michigan EPA misses deadline to issue dioxin health assessment http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-misses-deadline-issue-dioxin-health-assessment <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has missed its own deadline to release a major report on the health effects of dioxins. Dioxins are a class of toxic chemicals.</p><p>The EPA says dioxins are <a href="http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/CFM/nceaQFind.cfm?keyword=Dioxin">likely to cause cancer</a> in humans. Since the mid-1980&rsquo;s, the EPA has been working to define just how toxic dioxins are. Over the years, the agency has released drafts of the report. These drafts have been picked apart by scientists and industry. Then, the EPA goes back to working on it.</p><p>Last year, the EPA decided to split its dioxin assessment into two parts. One part will look at cancer risks; the other part will look at non-cancer health risks. The agency had promised to release the report on non-cancer effects by the end of January. But they missed that deadline.</p><p>The EPA did not want to be recorded for this story. They would only say they&rsquo;re &ldquo;working to finalize the non-cancer health assessment for dioxin as expeditiously as possible.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Living with dioxin pollution</strong></p><p>People in central Michigan have lived with dioxin pollution for more than three decades. The pollution is largely from a Dow Chemical plant in Midland. <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=440">We&rsquo;ve previously reported</a> that EPA&rsquo;s dioxin assessment could affect how much dioxin Dow might have to clean up.</p><p>Michelle Hurd Riddick is with the Lone Tree Council. It&rsquo;s an environmental advocacy group based in Saginaw.</p><p>&ldquo;We need our government to issue a clear scientific statement and report on the toxicity of this chemical. But unfortunately, it appears it&rsquo;s probably politics as usual. And the monied interests, the lobbyists, they have the access, they have the influence and you know, public health be damned.&rdquo;</p><p>The EPA has been under pressure from industry groups.</p><p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:28:02 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6066 at http://michiganradio.org EPA misses deadline to issue dioxin health assessment One more project in Dow's long cleanup of Tittabawassee http://michiganradio.org/post/one-more-project-dows-long-cleanup-tittabawassee <p>Dow Chemical will begin removing pollution from a three-mile stretch of the Tittabawassee River near its Midland plant.</p><p>Dow already removed dioxin and furan contamination in the area; but there are five other chemicals that remain that can be harmful to wildlife.</p><p>The company just finished removing a dioxin-laced island in the river.</p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:39:53 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4925 at http://michiganradio.org One more project in Dow's long cleanup of Tittabawassee Planning underway for another cleanup of the Tittabawassee River http://michiganradio.org/post/planning-underway-another-cleanup-tittabawassee-river <p>A major cleanup project along the Tittabawassee River is moving into its final planning stages. It&rsquo;s a project that presents several challenges.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dioxin contamination has been the subject of many cleanup projects in the Tittabawassee River.&nbsp;This new project will focus on other dangerous chemicals, like arsenic, dumped into the river in the past.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:01:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 3786 at http://michiganradio.org Planning underway for another cleanup of the Tittabawassee River What it takes to get a river cleaned up (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-takes-get-river-cleaned-part-2 <p>Dow Chemical polluted the Tittabawassee River with dioxin. Dioxin has been linked to <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/">several health issues</a>, including cancer. A comprehensive clean up of the river has barely begun. Dow chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency and the state have wrestled over the cleanup for 30 years.</p><p>Michelle Hurd Riddick has spent the last 10 years of her life pushing to get the Tittabawassee River cleaned up.</p><p>When she&rsquo;s not working as a nurse, she has helped file lawsuits against Dow. She religiously attends public meetings about the clean up and follows what the EPA is doing by filing freedom of information requests. And she writes a lot of letters to state and federal officials.</p><p>Hurd Riddick is part of an environmental group called the Lone Tree Council. She talked about how she felt as we drove along the river.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I get frustrated. I get frustrated. There are a number of citizens you know who have hung in on this issue as long as I&rsquo;ve been on this issue. But not a lot of them. They have to get on with their lives. And I understand that and I respect that.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The Tittabawassee flows through Hurd Riddick&rsquo;s hometown of Saginaw before emptying its waters and contaminated sediment into Lake Huron.</p><p>Dow did not want to be recorded for this story.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:05:48 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 2821 at http://michiganradio.org What it takes to get a river cleaned up (part 2)