Midland Resolution

Overview of Dioxin Issue in Midland

On June 1, 2012, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a work plan from The Dow Chemical Company to resolve the dioxin contamination issue in Midland. To view a copy of the plan, click here:

Interim Response Activity Plan Designed to Meet Criteria (IRDC) for Midland Area Soils

The City of Midland is pleased with this progress and recognizes that regulators and Dow have worked diligently over a number of years to address this issue.

The City is committed to supporting the efforts to bring closure to the dioxin contamination issue and to maintaining Midland as a desirable place to live and work. The City has encouraged Dow to work with regulators to determine a solution and an approach for cleaning up properties impacted by dioxin pollution that occurred decades ago.

City leaders have made clear to state and federal regulators and Dow that the City’s priorities for this cleanup include:

  • Determining a dioxin cleanup level based on scientific data directly relevant to residential property located in Midland;

  • Ensuring the community an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed plan as part of the process;

  • Establishing clear steps for soil sampling and the cleanup;

  • Allowing property owners to voluntarily consent to soil sampling and the cleanup; and

  • Assuring that the cleanup, once completed, will bring closure to the issue.

While the City looks forward to reviewing the implementation of Dow’s work plan, it believes these priorities have been incorporated into the approved plan.

Midland is our home — its residents and businesses are our top priority. It is our goal to provide citizens with the necessary resources to stay informed and up-to-date regarding the resolution of the dioxin contamination issue.