Lone Tree Council and TRW
Dioxin Update #123
May 3, 2008
Senate Hearings to be held next week on firing of Region V Administrator

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D Rhode Island) will be leading an oversight hearing into the politicization of the EPA and the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Region V EPA Administrator Mary Gade.
You can watch  Senator Whitehouse's comments from yesterday on YOUTUBE:   
The politicization of Dow Chemical's dioxin contamination needs a thorough vetting at all levels of government. Gade's firing is right on the heels of a  senate committee which is reviewing a report that says the Bush administration is hampering the ability of Environmental Protection Agency scientists to assess the health dangers of toxic chemicals.
More on Mary Gade's firing:
Dingell to probe why EPA official leaving job

Concerns raised after regional director claims her ousting is related to Dow Chemical dioxin cleanup.

Deb Price / The Detroit News

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Detroit, ordered his oversight staff on Friday to look into a charge by the top Midwest official of the Environmental Protection Agency that she was forced out because she was aggressively pushing Dow Chemical Co. to clean up dioxin contamination in a 52-mile stretch of waterway that dumps into Saginaw Bay.


EPA Regional Chief Resigns After Dispute

By STEPHEN POWER in Washington and ANA CAMPOY in Dallas
May 3, 2008; Page A4
"It's related to the ongoing discussion between me, my region and [EPA] headquarters about Dow," Ms. Gade said. She declined to specify what she and her superiors had disagreed about but added that ordinary citizens "should be concerned" because "this may be some of the worst dioxin contamination" in the U.S.
More to come soon as this injustice unfolds.
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council

Source: Lone Tree Council / TRW

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