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Dow Wild Game Study: Birds (Other than Turkey)

Note: The Dow wild game study did not include any facts or data pertaining to the impact on birds other than turkeys.

However, a review of the Dow data by the EPA and Dr. Hector Galbraith indicate the contamination has far reaching effects on birds, especially those that are predators and bioaccumulate dioxin because of their feeding habits.  Additional data snippets being leaked by the DOW funded MSU study indicate wild birds and their food have also assimilated extremely high levels of dioxin.

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  Floodplain wild bird food grossly contaminated

Another PR laden presentation by the DOW/MSU wildlife contamination study:

It might look like the same trees and shrubs from a bird’s-eye view, but whether an eastern bluebird, tree swallow or house wren builds its nest upstream or downstream of The Dow Chemical Co. could mean the difference between everyday flies and earthworms and slightly more contaminated grub."

We are not sure if it was the Dow researcher or the reporter that used the phrase "slightly more contaminated", but whoever it was has a warped sense of statistics:

bulletEarthworms downstream of Dow have 339 times more dioxin than those upstream
bulletMoths downstream of Dow have 20 times more dioxin than those upstream
bulletFlies downstream of Dow have 32 times more dioxin than those upstream

Click here for details from the Midland Daily News.

Evidently the MSU student "researchers" have quite a few classes remaining in their education.  Have they ever heard of a "population sink" or where they instructed not to mention it.  Click here to read more about  MSU and it's link to corporate funded "research".

EPA indicates there is much more in the Tittabawassee River than contaminated fish and dioxin, click here


04/28/06  Owls downstream of Dow have 100 times dioxin as those upstream

At a recent presentation by Michigan State University, a biologist revealed a snippet from their Dow funded study of area wildlife in the dioxin contaminated flood plain.  Click here for details from the Midland Daily News.

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April 2005 Tittabawassee River Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment

Image from T.River Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment, see slide show below

bulletClick here for official Final report: MDCH Dioxins in Wild Game Taken from the Tittabawassee River Floodplain South of Midland, Midland and Saginaw Counties, Michigan EPA ID# MID980994354  Final Report April 29, 2005.  Report is officially peer reviewed and backed by the Federal Government ATSDR.
bulletGES memo (7/16/04) to the MDEQ indicates the results of the Dow/Entrix Wild Game study in the Tittabawassee River Flood plain confirms findings of MDEQ/GES 2003 T.River Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment.  Conclusions:
bulletReview of the Entrix (2004) report has shown that the data contained therein support one of the major conclusions of the Michigan DEQ terrestrial ecological risk assessment (GES, 2004), that is that biota and food chains on the Tittabawassee River downriver of Midland are contaminated by PCDDs and PCDFs. A reasonable conclusion from this is that predators and scavengers at the tops of these food chains are likely to be even more exposed to these contaminants than the deer, squirrels, and turkeys sampled in the Entrix (2004) study.
bulletHowever, the Entrix (2004) study was designed to generate data for an evaluation of risk to human health, rather than to ecological receptors. Because of this, design elements in the Entrix (2004) study, though perhaps appropriate for a human health risk analysis, result in an underestimation of the contaminant concentrations to which wildlife would be exposed and, hence, the magnitude of the risks incurred. These design elements comprise:
bulletThe sampling was confined to organisms which, because of their diets, are unlikely to bioaccumulate PCDDs and PCDFs to the extent that other organisms would.
bulletThe carcass handling procedures resulted in a likely underestimation of the magnitudes of the PCDD/PCDF whole-body burdens to which predators and scavengers may be exposed.
bulletThe sample spatial distribution almost certainly results in an underestimation of the PCDD/PCDF body burdens of turkeys in the lower sections of the floodplain, and, hence, in the potential exposures to their predators and scavengers.
bulletClick here to read the entire memo
bulletTittabawassee River Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment Slide Show
bulletTittabawassee River Aquatic Ecological Risk Assesement Final Report (pdf)
bulletEPA 7/30/04 memo on DWG study which includes concerns about cancer risk of consuming T.River fish.
bulletThe contamination has similar characteristics regarding levels of risk and area affected as the Kalamazoo and Fox Rivers, which are currently a focus of the US EPA remediation plans.
bulletIt is clear than a persistent, un-addressed dioxin problem exists.
bulletUnacceptable, elevated cancer risk's to public health to frequent consumers of fish.
bulletPotential health risks to persons consuming game.
bulletDioxin contamination of game indicate contamination of the terrestrial food chain
bulletUnacceptable, serious aquatic ecological risks to fish, fish eating birds, and mammals.
bulletStrong consideration should be given to removal of dioxin contaminated  sediments and flood plain soil.
bulletThere is particular concern regarding distortions of risk information which are causing inaccurate risk messages to the public.
bulletClick here to read the EPA 7/30/04 memo


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