Welcome to DioxinSpin
DioxinSpin has been established to
gather and share information about the many issues
associated with dioxin contamination in Midland, MI
and in the adjacent Tittabawassee River.
Hopefully, some of the information available on
this website will of value to other communities facing
Revisions & Additions:
2007: A Milestone! Dioxin Cleanup Of The
A small section of the
Tittabawassee River is being dredged to remove dioxin
contamination. This section of river is slightly upstream of
the Dow dam, on the east side of the river. The ‘hot spot’
(an area of unusually high dioxin concentration) is near the
company’s historic discharge from a phenol plant,
constructed and operated during the First World War.
If the contamination is associated with this plant, dioxin
discharges to the river began more than ninety years ago.
With a generation being thirty years, three generations of
riverside residents have been exposed to dioxins.
The total amount of dioxins
which the company discharged into the river at this location
will never be known. However, ninety years later,
dioxin levels in this section of the river are still high
enough to be considered a ‘hot spot’.
It is believed far greater
quantities of dioxins were discharged further downstream in
the vicinity of the company’s hazardous waste facilities,
some of which were in operation in the 1930’s. More
dioxin ‘hot spots’ are scheduled for cleanup but agreement
on total mediation of the river has not been reached.
After ninety years of dioxin
contamination, known for more than thirty years, partial
cleanup of the Tittabawassee River has begun.
Accolades to The Dow Chemical Company, the MI DEQ and the
U.S. EPA for beginning the long overdue cleanup.
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