To the editor:
A year and a half ago at the consent order hearings in November at H.H. Dow High School, I held up a bulletin board with a map of Midland and pins with the highest known dioxin concentrations in various locations on the map. I said that it looked like at least one third or one half of the city needed to be cleaned up or evacuated due to dioxin contamination. I was vilified as a fearmonger. Now I am reading the same thing in the Midland paper. Hell must have frozen over.
I don't understand why the city doesn't want to side with the good guys -- the DEQ, EPA, Tittabawassee River Watch, Lone Tree Council, the Ecology Center. I would think they would fear citizens would sue the city manager, the city council members and the county health department director when they find out they are not protecting the citizens of Midland.
For more information check out www.trwnews.net and www.ecocenter.org.
I talked to the city tax appraiser a couple months ago to ask why my property taxes keep going up when it is so difficult to sell a house here, even on the western part of town, far away from the dioxin contamination. His answer was that if we can get everyone in Midland to agree that dioxin is safe, it will not affect our property value.
I guess we could get everyone to agree that the earth is flat and ostracize everyone who says it is round. But the reality would still be that the earth is a sphere. Same with dioxin. It is extremely toxic, even at 1 or 2 parts per trillion, according to EPA health studies. The residential state cleanup level was set very high at 90 ppt before the extreme toxicity of dioxin was known.
At least the truth is coming out, so a solution will finally be possible after decades of delays by The Dow Chemical Co. I am in the process of moving to Ann Arbor. It was way too scary for me to live in such a contaminated area with no citizen activist groups in Midland putting pressure on Dow to clean up the chemical contamination for the health and safety of the community.