This site provides information about the University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study (UMDES). It also provides links
to other sites, such as government agencies and news organizations, which
may have information related to this study, or general information about
dioxins and dioxin-like compounds.
Elevated levels of dioxins have been found in the soil of the
Tittabawassee River flood plain and nearby areas.
In the fall of
2004, the University of Michigan began conducting a two-year study to find out
whether the elevated levels of dioxins in the soil in the city of Midland,
and in the Tittabawassee River flood plain between Midland and Saginaw, have
also caused elevated levels of dioxins in residents' bodies. For comparison
purposes the investigators also performed similar measurements among
residents in Jackson and Calhoun Counties.