EGLE Review of the University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study (UMDES)

Contact: Deborah MacKenzie-Taylor 517-614-7333

The University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study (UMDES) is a large observational study intended to identify factors associated with levels of dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) in human blood serum in the Midland/Saginaw area of Michigan. The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and others have suggested that these studies provide results that could be useful to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), and Dow in managing risks of DLC exposure in the Midland and Saginaw areas where DLCs are known to persist in soil, sediments, and biota.

EGLE requested Kern Statistical Services, Inc. (KERN) to review and evaluate the UMDES for this potential application with focus on:

  • Assessing the utility and applicability of the UMDES results;
  • Identifying how and in what context(s) they may be used, if appropriate; and
  • Determining if modifications are necessary to improve their utility in risk management decisions.

Kern Statistical Services, Inc. completed their review and provided their response to EGLE on March 3, 2009.

Communications associated with the ongoing review:

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