Dioxin community advisory group forms corporation to accept grants

Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:36 AM By Lindsay Knake | The Saginaw News

KOCHVILLE TWP. The Saginaw-Tittabawassee Rivers Contamination Community Action Group is now a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

The members voted at Monday's meeting to elect Judith Lincoln president and for the members to serve as directors.

"We want to make sure we are all protected from personal liability for all our work with the (group)," said Lincoln, a former Saginaw County commissioner.

The advisory group received a grant from Dow Chemical Co., she said, but it needs a structure to accept the money. The funding will allow the group to bring in speakers for further education on the various dioxin studies.

The group provides community feedback to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state about the ongoing dioxin and furan cleanup in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers.

About 10 Bay and Saginaw county residents were in attendance at the meeting at Saginaw Valley State University.

The EPA also presented information about the river cleanup near Dow's Midland plant.

The agency is in the process of digesting comments and developing a response for the proposed plan to begin clean up on the Tittabawassee River this spring, said EPA Project Manager Mary Logan. The agency will implement cleanup actions, such as removing contaminated soil, from high-use properties in the coming months.

Logan said EPA members are internally discussing solutions for a furan-contaminated island in the Titabawasser River, and may hold public comment period as early as April.

Island MM is about 17 miles downstream from Dow's Midland plant.

Click here for more from the meeting.


sun1972 March 22, 2011 at 1:49AM

Cash rules everything around the CAG, cream get that Dow money!

 dbrz March 22, 2011 at 11:37AM

How can a group that takes money from Dow monitor their cleanup activities and still be unbiased. Sure seems like a conflict of interest to me.

zagmeyer March 22, 2011 at 11:51AM F

"We want to make sure we are all protected from personal liability for all our work with the (group)," said Lincoln, a former Saginaw County commissioner.

Well, that's reassuring. When the bad decisions are made in order to protect Dow, not the residents or environment, this group does not want to be held liable for the continued dioxin poisoning of the residents in our community who live, fish and hunt in The Great Lakes Bay Region for decades to come.

hmmmm March 22, 2011 at 8:45PM

What liability? Isn't the CAG a group of citizens made up of varying opinions on the matter? What decisions are they making? Are they making decisions that the EPA is suppose to be making? If so, why do we need the EPA?


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