Dioxin Update
Lone Tree Council and TRW
October 23rd 2007 #103
Play it again Sam!
Beginning tomorrow Dow, DEQ and EPA will once again be going behind closed doors to NEGOTIATE a cleanup with Dow Chemical. Dioxin Update # 102 contains the letter from EPA initiating  the negotiations under Superfund. Dow could have challenged EPA because they are regulated under a license being handled by MDEQ. Dow chose not too. It's not  like Dow to back down from a legal challenge...ever.   Nobody knows why EPA is doing this and EPA has not seen fit to explain to the community their rationale. Yes, once again closed door meetings and again no public involvement. Again no way to conduct the business of the taxpayers over the rivers and resources we own.
While no one should give this closed door process their blessings, DEQ in order to secure a seat at the table with EPA and Dow had to agree to confidential negotiations. MDEQ still has authority under Dow's license to regulate the company and EPA by issuing these orders is muddying the waters with Superfund. The dynamics are going change. They always do when Dow is behind closed doors.  We've heard from  folks on the Kalamazoo River and  Pine River and they are raising red flags  all over the place for us with regard to EPA's recent involvement. We appreciate their insight.........
Here is a short  history of negotiations  with Dow Chemical just in the last six years.  


  • In 2001/2002 DEQ and Dow, were behind closed doors negotiating Consent Orders with Dow Chemical for their dioxin contamination of the Tittabawassee, Saginaw Rivers and Saginaw Bay. Defined as “fatally flawed and illegal” by the Attorney General’s office they never saw the light of day.


  • In 2003 DEQ, Dow, EPA negotiated and finalized Dow’s RCRA Corrective Action license to address Dow Chemical’s dioxin contamination of the Tittabawassee, Saginaw Rivers and Saginaw Bay.  This license was to be a clear path to finally addressing this serious contamination.


  • In 2005 DEQ, Dow and the Governor’s office went behind closed doors to further negotiate the cleanup of the Tittabawassee, Saginaw Rivers and Saginaw Bay.  Secreted away from the public the reasons for these closed door meetings…Dow, DEQ and without protest from EPA, emerged after 8 months with a negotiated “FRAMEWORK for and agreement “


  • Later in 2005 Dow, DEQ, EPA., USFWS, DOJ agreed to private closed door meetings under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to once again negotiate Dow’s responsibility  to address their contamination of the Tittabawassee, Saginaw Rivers and Bay.


  • 2007, October Dow, DEQ and EPA will again be going behind closed doors to negotiate under Superfund, Dow Chemical’s cleanup of the Tittabawassee River and possibly the Saginaw River and Bay.


We applauded EPA for walking away from the NRDA process because it wasn't transparent. But were they lying? .........think about it. They have now driven the entire cleanup behind closed doors to the exclusion of the public............what could be less transparent? 


Go to the TRW web site to view related documents.



Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council


Source: Lone Tree Council / TRW

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