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Marcia Woodman, 11/18/05, Letter to the Editor Saginaw News

Little concern from politicians
Friday, November 18, 2005 Editor, The News:

As a mother and property owner on the Tittabawassee River, I have watched numerous attempts by politicians to deny the toxicity of the dioxin found along the river. I have watched them attack the state Department of Environmental Quality, environmental groups and residents who want this contamination cleaned up. The one entity that none of these politicians want to point a finger at is the responsible party, Dow Chemical.

I guess I should not have been surprised to see the Saginaw County Commissioners get on board with the legislators to remove the facility label from areas of the floodplain that are subject to high water events. My understanding is the facility identifies the boundaries Dow is responsible to clean up.

I first heard the word "facility" more than three years ago at meetings about Dow's license. Where have all these politicians been?

The facility label is not the problem. High levels of dioxin are the problem, and I would submit so are the politicians who have shown so little concern about this public health matter.

Marcia Woodman


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