In Michigan
5:44 pm
Tue September 1, 2009

State: Saginaw homes no longer tainted with dioxin

SAGINAW, MI – State officials say there's no longer a public health hazard in a Saginaw residential area that had been contaminated with dioxin from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Tuesday it has completed an evaluation of the neighborhood following a cleanup last year by contractors Dow hired.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversaw the cleanup, which included removing tainted soil and replacing it with new topsoil and landscaping. Driveways and a dirt road were paved to limit dust from vehicle traffic. Some work was done inside homes.

Community health officials say their study found no residual contamination. But they acknowledge future flooding of the Tittabawassee River could dump more pollution into people's yards.