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Waste Plant Wants to Treat Dioxins

It wants to treat some of the most toxic man-made chemicals.


VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A large hazardous waste treatment facility in Michigan is seeking approval to treat dioxins, some of the most toxic man-made chemicals.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the request from US Ecology's Michigan Disposal Waste Treatment Plant in Van Buren Township, the Detroit Free Press reported . The department is accepting public comments on the proposal. 

The site takes hazardous wastes from industries and government cleanups, and then treats and stabilizes them until they can be disposed in a landfill. It also processes and disposes of low-level radioactive wastes from hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to extract oil and natural gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals. 

Michigan Disposal seeks to expand its hazardous waste storage and treatment capacities, conduct treatment outside of treatment tanks and add two new waste streams to treat dioxins and wastes with sulfides. 

The change would allow the plant "to accommodate situations such as emergency response cleanups that may have a higher volume of waste that must be processed in a short period of time," company officials said.

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