Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mark Your Calendar...

Among other topics at last week's MDEQ/Dow CAP meeting, DEQ passed out the following information about the next technical information meetings. They set up these meetings to inform us, the stakeholder residents. Maybe we cannot attend every meeting, but I intend learning as much as I can about this issue and will be there whenever possible. Suggesting y'all do the same.

Upcoming Dioxin Information Events Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency

MEETING #1 - Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. will speak on "Health Effects of Dioxin."July 12, 2005 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
Currently, Dr. Birnbaum is the U.S. EPA's Director of the Experimental Toxicology Division at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and is the 2004 - 2005 president of the Society of Toxicologists.
Dr. Birnbaum and the MDEQ and U.S. EPA corrective action staff will be available from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for informal one-on-one discussion.

MEETING #2 - EPA SITE staff will speak on dioxin testing July 14, 2005 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Saginaw Township Fire Hall Classroom,
155 North Center Road, Saginaw

The U.S. EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program staff will speak on "Testing of Monitoring and Measurement Technologies for Dioxin and Dioxin - like Compounds in Soil and Sediment."

This talk will discuss the results of work sponsored by the U.S. EPA to evaluate methodologies to complement high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) to determine the dioxin-like toxicity of soil and sediment samples. The SITE program looked at a number of methodologies that are more affordable and faster than the highly accurate, but costly and time consuming, HRMS. The high cost of dioxin analysis is an important issue in the characterization of dioxin levels in the Saginaw Bay watershed. Many of the samples that were used in this study are from Midland soils and from sediments and floodplain soils from the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers.

A more detailed technical presentation will be held the same day at the State of Michigan Library in Lansing from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please call or e-mail AI Taylor at 517-335-4799, to
taylorab@michigan.gov if you have an interest in attending the Lansing seminar.

Technologies for Monitoring & Measurement of Dioxin and Dioxin-like Compounds in Soil and Sediment (WAko Pure Chemical Industries, Ltd., Dioxin ELISA Kit)
(PDF, 1,045 Kb, 109 pp) 508 Compliant Version
March 2005

Thanks to Bill Egerer for preparation of this article.

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