rivers-into-sea-satellite-image-NASAMichigan environmental regulators said Thursday that they reached a long-sought deal with Dow Chemical Co. to clean up to 1,400 residential properties in Midland, home of its corporate headquarters and a plant that polluted the area with dioxin for much of the past century.

The agreement marked a milestone in on-and-off negotiations that began in the mid-1990s. Dow will cover all of the costs, offer to buy some many of the homes, and clean up a nearby river after polluting the Great Lakes region for much of the 20th Century.

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