Tittabawassee River Watch Editorial
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Lori Franson, reader opinion to MDN 01/30/05 article and Bill Egerer opinion
With all due respect, Mr Egerer, if the article was faulted for anything, it would be for using the word "but" too many times.
Dioxin is a well known Carcinogen. Furthermore, it is known that dioxin affects all body cells and it's half life is about 7 years, since it is stored in fat. Immune function, reproductive health, and the endocrine system are also known to be affected with unsafe levels of dioxin exposure. That means that besides cancer, a public health concern would also be rates of endometriosis in the community, infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, the incidence of diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Chloracne, as the new Ukrainian President has learned, is also a result of toxic exposure.
Much of the research concerning dioxin started with those exposed to Agent Orange (where was that produced?). The World Health Organization, hopefully not considered an extremist group by you and your organization, cites it mainly being a byproduct of industrial processes, particularly those that manufacturer pesticides and herbicides and has set limits of 1-4 pg/kg. The National Institute of Health also has a wide variety of information concerning dioxin and is involved in current studies. Dioxin, considered a persistent organic pollutant,is targeted for global elimination under international treaty.
While there certainly is controversy concerning the safe limit of exposure, the state has set a limit which must be upheld. As far as remediation/cleanup, again there is controversy and unfortunately, I do not know the solution.
The regulators, being likened to villians by you, are charged with the protection of public health, since corporations have failed such without intervention (remember Love Canal?).
There is a large amount of information available on the internet by searching dioxin. To access WHO, utilize the following: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225.en
To access the National Institute of Health: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/oc/factsheets/dioxin.htm
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