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NGOs criticize Dow dioxin cleanup talks, call for risk assessment release

Various watchdog groups are criticizing talks among EPA, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Dow Chemical to negotiate a dioxin cleanup plan process in Michigan under the federal government's “Superfund Alternative Approach” instead of solely under an existing state hazardous waste permit. They claim the alternative approach may reduce the stringency of the cleanup because it is a non-regulatory program and argue it has never been used when a viable cleanup process — the state permit — is in place.



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