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Name: Paul Hanly

In response to Midland Daily News article

Date: Aug, 11 2004 Why is there no mention of the fact that Dioxin and other Persistent Organic Pollutants are so toxic that there is an international convention, the Stockholm convention (see http://www.pops.int/   ) under which numerous countries including Australia have agreed to eliminate where possible sources of POP's including Dioxin. People in the US have far higher dioxin body burden and dioxin intake than Australia and New Zealand, but even Australia has signed up for Stockholm, finalised 12 technical reports on Dioxin (see http://www.deh.gov.au/industry/chemicals/dioxins/index.html   ).

A proposed remediation of Homebush Bay (near Sydney 2000 Olympics) has done substantial health analysis on dioxin risk from soil in residential areas and in Homebush Bay. (see http://www.rhodesnsw.org/  )

The New Zealand Government has done substantial research into Dioxin levels and intakes for its population, as has the United Kingdom. See http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/environment/dpcb.pdf   for the document "Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in the UK environment" ).

The World Health Organisation also has lots of information on Dioxins. (See http://www.google.com/u/who?q=dioxin&sa=OK&sitesearch=who.int&domains=who.int   )

It's time Dow cleaned up its mess.

Paul Hanly
Rhodes, Sydney, Australia


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