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Environment & Climate Change

EPA plans cleanup of dioxin-tainted Tittabawassee River segment

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Imerman Park sits on the flood plain of the Tittabawassee River. Signs along the trail warn walkers about dioxin contamination in some of the park's soil.

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.

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.

A 3-mile stretch near the plant was completed in September.

MLive.com  reports that EPA project manager Diane Russell provided an update during a meeting of the Saginaw Bay Coordinating Council this week in Bay City.

Russell said the cleanup would become more visible as crews move downstream. She said some of the techniques haven't been used before.

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