Ken Westlake’s (EPA) "DOW WILL ARGUE THAT THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE MORE PROTECTIVE IN THEIR SEDIMENT CLEANUP AND DISPOSAL"
We await the LG's decision. But here's what we know at this moment:
There is no slurry wall
No ground water permits
No Operational Management Plan
No threshold for dioxin levels
No commitment from the Board of Commissioners that this cannot be used by Dow
This site is cloaked in the ADR
The report by Environ, stating no need for a slurry wall, ( much cheaper) was paid for by Dow Chemical
The Corp and County from day one did not have the money to do this project
There is limited knowledge of the levels of dioxin in the navigational channel
The highest concentrations of dioxin ever in any river were found in the Saginaw River
There have been no public meetings on this site in three years
There is no NPDES permit
There has been no cost benefit analysis produced for this site
It sets in the middle of the Crow Island Game Reserve
It's in the flood way of the Saginaw River
Please somebody give me one good reason why this site should go forward without further inquiry, investigation, discussion, permits and a full vetting of all details. This is a bad, bad precedent for a watershed in recovery.
Please go to www.dredgeitright.org to view congressional testimony about the Corp of Engineers many flaws in planning and environmental protection. We can and should do better.
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
Zilwaukee Twp Letter
6189 Sherman Road Saginaw, Michigan 48604
April 28, 2008
Honorable Lt. Governor John D. Cherry Jr. Via first class mail
P. O. Box 30013 via fax @ 517.241.3956
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Honorable Lt. Governor John D. Cherry Jr.,
On behalf of the Township of Zilwaukee we insist you make no decision in regards to the Dredge Management Disposal Facility or “the pit” located in Zilwaukee and Frankenlust Townships until you meet with the residents, citizens and taxpayers of both Townships.
This site was imposed or in better words “dumped” on our communities with minimal transparency without explanation of future plans as to how the Corps will manage the highly contaminated sediments from the Saginaw River.
Our Townships were assured a slurry wall would be constructed at the site in addition to testing wells; groundwater permit processes were to follow and have not taken place. Additional public hearings would take place in an effort to listen to the voices of those involved. All of the above stated facts are off the negotiation table for those directly involved. The two townships directly, and the entire Tri-County area are concerned about the Great Lakes and their proper cleanup.
A final Operational Management Plan from the Corp of Engineers has not been completed. There has been no maintenance plan approved and put into effect. No one should make any decisions until the deficiencies outlined by the DEQ in the draft OMP are addressed.
Zilwaukee Township’s case before the Department of Environmental Quality Administrative Law Judge is still pending due to noncompliance of agencies to produce the proper documents to operate and maintain such a hazardous waste facility.
There is limited of sampling in the navigational channel, however five miles north are the highest concentrations of dioxin in the nation. These are acknowledged findings in the Saginaw River. People do live next to this DMDF.
To: Lieutenant Governor Cherry dated: April 28, 2008 page two
The entire Tri-County Area will be effected when these hazardous contaminates are not contained or properly disposed.
Questions Zilwaukee Township would like to ask:
Lieutenant Governor Cherry have you ever been out to this site?
Have you ever visited the homes of the people who can throw a stone into this pit where these contaminated sediments and rotting organics will be placed?
Why would you as our Lieutenant Governor step into a situation such as this with a State Agency here to protect and provide a quality of life for all?
If there is any fairness or parity, respect for township government, then you or your representative will agree to meet with us.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Patricia Bradt, Clerk
Township of Zilwaukee
Cc Saginaw County Board of Commissioners
Bay County Board of Commissioners
Source: Lone Tree Council / TRW
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