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Hilda Dijak, 002/01/06, letter to the Editor Saginaw News

Dredging line

Editor, The News:

Frankenlust Township will soon go to court to protect the health and safety of its residents. Saginaw County Public Works Director Jim Koski wants to dig a big hole in the township and dump all of the contaminated sludge and mud from the Saginaw River into it.

He feels that dumping it into this big hole will help all of the Saginaw businesses along the river stay in business. The judge, the governor and state Sen. Jim Barcia, Democrat of Bay City, all have been leaning heavily on Frankenlust officials to turn their back on safety and give our blessing on this dredging.

The Department of Environmental Quality, the agency that is supposed to have the backing of the governor and the Legislature, but does not in this case, says that before Saginaw can dump this contaminated stuff into our township they should put it into a great big bag that will not let the contamination seep out. The bag will have to be sealed so that the dioxins can never leak out and kill or harm anyone or the environment.

Frankenlust Township agrees with the DEQ -- build it, but build it safely is all we have asked. The problem is who pays for the bags. The lives and health of our people are certainly worth more than the bags.

The Saginaw River Alliance and politicians who so desperately want this dredging are willing to pay for attorneys and court battles, but not the containment bags. The bags could cost a million dollars a year while the dredging is going on. That probably is less than what they have spent on legal fees and persuasive parties so far this year.

Bay County politicians have succumbed to the higher powers and refuse to get involved. They would rather keep their status with the governor and senator.

We will not sell out our people. If it is not safe, it is not good enough to just dump it somewhere else.

Hilda Dijak

supervisor,

Frankenlust Township


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