Name: Barbara Fitzmaurice
Submitted to Midland Daily News

Date: Nov, 07 2003 I keep reading about how the dioxin lawsuit would involve the property owners of people currently livng along the banks of the Tittabawassee River and wonder if anyone has thought about the long term effects from years past when toxins and chemicals were much higher along the waterway? From the time I was born and for many years after I grew up living along the banks of the river. I believe many who grew up along the Tittabawassee River and those who lived in the floodplain in the 1950's and 1960's were probably exposed to much higher levels of all sorts of toxic elements. The average homehowner of that time period had no idea what damage to the body these toxins were capable of doing. Is there a time limit proposed on how far back Dow and other companies could be held responsible? I believe that testing should have been already set up to determine the levels of toxins in past and current residents and these tests should be performed by an outside lab that has specialized testing capabilites in biotoxic illnesses. Why all the talk and no action?