Tittabawassee River Watch Editorial Back to editorial page
Richard Stimpson, 06/16/06,
Letter to the Editor, Saginaw News
Editor, The News:
The beautiful new rock wall in Freeland's park
is under water. Muddy, dioxin-laden river
water pours into the park, swirls lazily over all the grounds and parking
areas (releasing its sediment), and flows back out to the river at the south
end of the wall.
This lovely park, so recently landscaped and
covered with clean soil, is once again a settling pond for Dow's dioxin.
Will the News run photos of the sediments left
behind? Will we see the street sweeper busily brushing the dusty
contamination off the paved surface onto the grass, as was done last year at
What insane decision-making process keeps our
parks in areas that flood? Why do we enhance parks in "toxic waste
facilities" for our children to use?
The park looked pretty last fall, but now it is
once again covered and permeated with a thick layer of dioxin. How foolish
to keep smearing this contamination around, and how cruel to keep luring
children to ingest the toxins. "Welcome to Freeland Park, Hansel and
Gretel...try some of our pretty dioxin cake!"
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