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Dow agrees to clean dioxin-tainted properties

Dow Chemical Co. reaches deal with regulators to clean up dioxin pollution in Michigan city By The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) ' Michigan environmental regulators say they've reached a long-sought deal with Dow Chemical Co. for cleaning up about 1,400 residential properties in Midland, where decades of airborne emissions from a Dow plant contaminated the soil with dioxin.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said Thursday it agrees with the company on cleanup plan framework. Dow will submit the details to the state for review next month.

Dow has acknowledged polluting 50 miles of rivers and floodplains in Michigan with dioxin for much of the past century. Negotiations and studies with state and federal agencies on how to fix the damage have dragged on since the mid-1990s.

The Midland agreement follows a deal reached last fall on cleansing a three-mile stretch of the Tittabawassee (tiht-ah-bah-WAH'-see) River near the plant.

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