TRW and Lone Tree Council
June 9th, 2003
You are invited to attend a Public Meeting on the Tittabawassee/Saginaw
DEQ Meeting June 24th 7pm Freeland HS from Pat Lawton DEQ
DEQ Budget Passed the house with significant cuts in enforcement funding. As you can surmise, all the laws in the world aren't worth the paper their written on if you cannot enforce them. No big hits expected this year but next. Budget in the Senate at this time.
DOW LIST SERVE Several of us have been asked to join and become part of a National Dow List Serve in an effort to communicate ideas and share information with others who are dealing with Dow issues or dioxin issues in their communities.
Soil Testing Comments by Wendy Domino A preliminary verbal report from Sue Matlock, DEQ, indicates dioxin levels on 5580 Stroebel Rd are 3, 8, 8, and 50. These are surface readings. There was one reading of 90 ppt at six inches below surface level which was found at the northernmost tip of the property (closest to the river). Sue indicated she intended to send us a letter detailing her findings. We feel relieved that our level is not in the 7000 range like it is in the GreenPoint area. However, we're still confused as to how to get on with our lives and disappointed that we're stuck with this contaminated property.
Kathy Henry on the Class Action
As of 5/30/03 142 plaintiffs have signed up with the lawsuit.
This has to be sending Dow, the state, and county a strong message. That number grows on a daily basis.
Dow responded to the lawsuit 5/16/03
As expected, Dow basically denies everything, "wherefore, Dow respectfully requests that the court dismiss all counts of the complaint."...
I have a complete copy of the response for those of you that have not seen it online. Warning, It is a VERY BIG file, 3-4 mb's total, email accounts such as hotmail will not take such large files. But if you would like to see it contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
One particular quote from the response worth repeating...
"Any injury, damage or loss sustained by the plaintiffs was proximately caused by and/or contributed to by their own negligence, carelessness, and/or omissions,"
The First hearing is scheduled for June 23 at the Saginaw County courthouse. 10:00 am.
Hope to see everyone there to show support for our efforts.
Chemical and Engineering News interview Betty Damore
In the June 2003 edition Chemical and Engineering News spoke with Betty and Kathy Henry about the class action. The following is an excerpt:
The extent of and responsibility for dioxins contamination has long been
debated by state and company officials and residents living downstream
from the 100-year-old plant. "The suit," resident Betty Damore says,
"seems the only way we can say to Dow that you'd better address the
problem." You can access the entire story by copying and pasting the link.
Dow License Update It looks like Dow's operating license may be issued very soon. Today? After the permit is issued Dow will have 60 days to come up with a 'Scope of Work Plan.' Dow's proposed plan will be posted on the Internet, etc., and there will be also some DEQ public meetings. Everything that Dow proposes will be put out there for public review. The DEQ will start with the ONSITE part of the Corrective Action Order first (work previously delayed by Consent Order).
The REAL BATTLE will be the OFFSITE CORRECTIVE ACTION PIECE. PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT HERE IS CRITICAL!
PUBLIC COMMENTS, WRITTEN AND VERBAL WILL BE CRITICAL.
Community Advisory Panel
The concept of the CAP has been incorporated into a draft Project
Coordination Plan. " Please recognize that this document is still under
development and we continue to seek input," according to Ms. Shekter of DEQ. She further stated she believes the CAP will become a reality.
FOIA Freedom of information requests have been filed with a number of agencies, state, local and federal regarding the contamination in Midland and the T-River Floodplain. Will update as soon as I read them.
Regards to all,
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.