Public Meeting on Dioxin Scheduled for Midland June 10

May 31, 2002


The Michigan Department of Community Health today announced a public availability session will be held June 10, 2002, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Midland High School, 1301 Eastlawn, Midland to accept public comment on the federal draft public health consultation on Midland.  The draft health consultation addresses issues surrounding dioxins that have been detected in soil samples from certain sites in the city of Midland.


The Department released the draft public health consultation March 7 and has encouraged citizens to offer public comments on the consultation, which was conducted under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 


The Department of Community Health recommends that soil-sampling plans be developed and implemented for targeted areas within the city of Midland.  Plans should include potential public health actions that could be taken if dioxin concentrations are found to present a public health hazard.  Dioxins detected in the soil samples collected from the Midland community exceed a screening level set by the ATSDR, indicating the need for further evaluation to determine if dioxin contamination in Midland soil presents a public health hazard. 


The consultation is available for public review at:

  • The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West St. Andrews, Midland
  • The Midland County Health Department, 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland


Public comments should be addressed 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 toll-free, 800-648-6942 (800-MI-TOXIC).  Comments must be received by June 14, 2002.  All comments will be evaluated and considered and responses will be provided in the final version of the consultation.