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Betty Damore, 09/13/06, Letter to the editor, Saginaw News

Feeling shut out

Editor, The News:

On Aug. 15, there was a public meeting with David H. Garabrant, the University of Michigan medicine and epidemiology professor, and the Community Advisory Panel to present the U-M dioxin exposure results.

As residents of the Tittabawassee River flood plain and also a family member who was a study participant, we were greatly disappointed in the format. We felt we were entitled to hear the University of Michigan results first.

Earlier that day, a 9 a.m. press conference and a 1 p.m. meeting with stakeholders was held with an open question and answer period. Neither meeting included any flood plain residents or study participants. The format for the evening public meeting was highly controlled and staged. There was no open microphone for questions, but we were allowed to write questions on cards.

We are all affected by the presence of dioxin, and we're entitled to hear results first and to have had all of our questions answered, which was not the case.

Betty Damore

James Township


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