DEQ report looks at dioxin cleanup in Midland 


After years of soil sampling and cleanup efforts – the Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on the status of the dioxin contamination cleanup in Midland.

The report is the final step of cleanup efforts after area soils were contaminated by dioxin from Dow Chemical.

The report shows historical contamination, initial responses and recent efforts.

Al Taylor is with the DEQ. He’s a geologist who has worked on Midland’s contamination for years.

He said he’s taking public input on information in the report and a long term management plan.

“Right now what we’ve got in place is financial assurance by Dow Chemical to conduct this work into the future which is an important component of any long term
The state is asking for input from the public on a new report looking at Midland’s dioxin contamination.

Taylor said depending on the input, the report could be changed.

“What were asking for public comment on this report is that we make sure that were transparent, in making a good decision, and make sure everyone knows about it and lets people know what kind of long term monitoring and institutional controls will be conducted.”

Taylor said the report should be finalized within the next few months.

There is also an open house scheduled for June 6 for the public to address the report. 7-9 p.m. June 6 at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Community Room, 1710 West St. Andrews St. in Midland.

Follow this link to see the report in full.