Importance of Natural Resources

Dow Chemical reaches $77 million settlement to restore wildlife habitats damaged by release of dange

The Department of Justice on Friday announced a proposed $77 million settlement between federal, state and tribal officials with Dow Chemical, which will go toward funding restoration efforts for wildlife habitats damaged by the dangerous substances released by the company’s manufacturing facility in Michigan  Contaminated materials, including waste products like dioxins, released by Dow’s headquarters in Midland over the last several decades have proven harmful to fish and other living creatures and their natural habitats along the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers as well as Saginaw Bay Advertisement  “This settlement has been more than a decade in the making by a combined team of state, federal and tribal partners working together for the benefit of Michigan’s environment and precious natural resources,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release  “I look forward to seeing these projects implemented to the benefit of the communities and ecosystems impacted by Dow’s contamination ”  Under the new settlement, Dow Chemical Company, which produces bleach and other chlorine-containing products, will have to foot the bill for $77 million in funding and projects, some which include fish passage improvements and restoration to thousands of acres of destroyed wetlands and other habitats  The chemical company will also pay for a bike trail in the area, the protection of a green corridor along the TIttabawasee River and an expansion of boating access to the Saginaw River  The settlement, which is also subject to public comment, additionally sets aside $5 million for any future restoration efforts and another $10 million for “long-term stewardship” and implementation of the restoration projects “In addition to our top priority of restoring habitat, we are also resolving some claims that will result in projects bolstering environmental access and education in the community,” said Environment, Great Lakes & Energy Director Liesl Eichler Clark  “These projects include a docking facility and education center to bolster BaySail’s environmental science program and the renovation of the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse to allow public use ”  The proposed agreement additionally allows for work on the projects to begin while area clean-up is still underway

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