MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The federal government says it's failed to reach a deal with Dow Chemical Co. for the study and interim cleanup of dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River system.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says talks ended Friday and it's ''reviewing its options.''
The EPA earlier ordered the chemical giant to develop a plan that would show its willingness to design and pay for a comprehensive solution. Last month, a deadline to reach a deal was extended.
A message seeking comment was left with Midland-based Dow Chemical.
Dow Chemical acknowledges that, for decades, its plant in Midland polluted the watershed with dioxins and furans — chemical byproducts that may cause cancer and damage reproductive and immune systems.