Tittabawassee River Watch Editorial Back to editorial page
Kathy Henry, 11/19/06,
Letter to the editor, Saginaw News
In response to Dr. Neill Varner's
recent comments and labeling of The Lone Tree
Council and litigants views as extreme, he failed to point out that one of
the most famous contamination tragedies, Love Canal, was determined as
successfully "cleaned up" in the past couple of years. It was a great
expense, but also of great benefit to that community.
High concentrations found in the river shift
with each new flood. Unless it is pulled out at the same time, testing is
futile. But it is cheaper to just keep testing.
Considering that half of one single
dioxin exposure is still in our bodies 7 to 10 years after that exposure,
and can potentially alter most of our hormones and cause cancer, it is quite
reasonable to want it cleaned up. We can't say second hand smoke and lead
have that same potential.
We "litigants" have every right to try and
protect our home investments and health from this exposure.. We live here
24/7 and have a 28% higher level in our blood than the control group. Age
was given as the reason in the Dow funded study, but I understand that the
difference was only a 4 years.
The whitewashing of this problem by the company,
local politicians and community leaders is disgraceful. I never gave Dow
permission to trespass on my land and body with their dangerous chemical,
and to suggest that it's draconian to expect them to do something about it,
is draconian in itself.
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