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CHEJ: EPA Unveils New Dioxin Cleanup Standards
January 25, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

The EPA recently announced the release of new soil “preliminary remediation goals” (PRG’s) for Dioxins, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. Dioxins are a class of dangerous chemicals released by PVC’s lifecycle and were the primary contaminant in Agent Orange. Dioxins have contaminated many sites across the country, such as Love Canal, NY and Dow Chemical’s 22 miles of contamination in Michigan.

The EPA’s new proposed cleanup goals for Dioxins are 72ppt for residential soils, much cleaner than the current standard of 1,000ppt. However, CHEJ is concerned the EPA is proposing a PRG for Dioxins that only takes into consideration non-cancer health effects, ignoring Dioxin’s cancer-risks. Dioxin has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program. CHEJ issued this press release in response to the EPA’s announcement, and will be encouraging EPA to adopt the agencies’ proposed “alternative” PRG for Dioxins at 3.7ppt TEQ for residential and 17 ppt TEQ for commercial/industrial soil, which would be protective for both cancer and non-cancer effects.   

To learn more and submit comments during the public comment period, visit or contact CHEJ by email now at


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