April 30, 2008
Honorable Lt. Governor John D
surrounding a toxic waste disposal site in Zilwaukee Township has
prompted public concern and even letters from Ms Patricia Brandt,
Clerk of Zilwaukee Township regarding the wisdom and safety of
current site and precautionary safety measures that appear to be
lacking in the current plan and design.
History can teach us
valuable lessons . We need only look back at the many plans and
revised plans in Europe following the 1976 Seveso accidental dioxin
release to grasp just how complicated the entire subject of waste
management is, even with extensive public involvement.
It appears that the local
decisions are being displaced from a community-wide ones to
political ones.... a method that will be unlikely to serve any good
longterm solution.. It was Joseph Joubert ( writing in “Poisoned
Harvest” by Robbins, C., pg 7...Gollancz., London 1991) who said,
“Tis better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle
a question without debating it....” How relevant that remark is to
the current debate cannot be underestimated since it is the question
of pollutants biologically active at the parts-per-trillion level,
pollutants that cannot be seen or even easily measured as they waft
into the atmosphere or wash along the flood plain where wildlife,
fish and game can carry them into the food chain ........
Please proceed with
utmost caution in this area of public interest and
concern......public health and human lives depend upon it..........
Neill D Varner, DO, MPH
Saginaw County Department of