August 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

EPA plans comment period on dioxin cleanup plan

Midland — Federal officials will accept public comments for two months on a plan to clean up soil contaminated with dioxin in frequently flooded areas along the Tittabawassee River in Michigan’s central Lower Peninsula.

The comment period begins Friday and runs through Oct. 14.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have crafted the cleanup plan for a 4,500-acre floodplain along 21 miles of riverfront below the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland.

It’s part of a multi-year strategy for cleansing sections of the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.

The Dow plant released dioxin into the environment through air and water emissions from the 1890s to the 1970s. Dioxin is a group of toxic byproducts from industrial processes.