Public Comment Period Extended on Midland and Tittabawassee River Public Health Consultations

May 17, 2002

The Michigan Department of Community Health today announced that the public comment period for the two federal draft Public Health Consultations for the Midland area has been extended until June 14, 2002.  The Department conducted these Consultations under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  The draft consultations find that dioxins have been detected in soil samples from certain sites in the city of Midland and in soil samples from certain sites in the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River south of Midland.  


The Department released the draft public health consultations on March 7 and continues to encourage citizens to offer public comments on the consultations.  Copies of the Public Health Consultations are available for public review at the following locations:


  • The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West St. Andrews, Midland
  • The Midland County Health Department, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland
  • The Saginaw County Health Department, 1600 N. Michigan Avenue, Saginaw
  • The Tittabawassee Township Office, 145 South 2nd, Freeland
  • The Saginaw Bay-District office of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 503 N. Euclid Avenue, Suite 9, Bay City
  • Hoyt Public Library, 505 Janes Street, Saginaw


Information and public comments should be addressed to Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, 3423 North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., P.O. Box 30195, Lansing, Michigan 48909.  People may also call the toll-free telephone number, 1-800-648-6942 (1-800-MI-TOXIC).  All comments received will be evaluated and considered and responses will be provided in the final version of the Consultations.