Lone Tree Council and TRW Update

February 22, 2004

Next Meeting this Monday Night Thomas Twp Library 6:30PM


This week MDEQ released results of 22 soil samples taken in the floodplain:

*77% of the properties had dioxin levels exceeding the 90 ppt set by the state
*Highest level found was
5,660 ppt TEQ in a resident's backyard

* 1100 ppt at another resident's backdoor

Go to the TRW website:
www.trwnews.net on the "How Much?" page, Phase 3 section to get complete data results.


Dow's SOW was submitted to the state in the eleventh hour meeting the DEQ deadline. Lone Tree and the Public Health staff at The Ecology Center are in the process of reviewing the document. If you are interested in viewing the documents the website address for these documents is http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3312_4118_4240-53424--,00.html. The path is http://www.michigan.gov/deq, click on Waste, Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Waste Management, then scroll down and click on Dow Hazardous Waste Facility Operating License and Corrective Action Information. The SOWs have been made available on the website as smaller documents/attachments for easier downloading.

Hard copies are also now available for review at the WHMD and Remediation and Redevelopment Division Saginaw Bay District Offices, 503 N. Euclid Ave., Suite 1, Bay City (989-686-8025) and the WHMD Lansing Office at 525 W. Allegan, Constitution Hall, North Atrium Level, Lansing (517-373-9881).

Next CAP Meeting

DEQ staff plan to provide an update on the status of the review of the SOWs at the next Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meeting at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 10, at the Saginaw Township Firehall #1, 6171 Shattuck Rd., Saginaw (corner of Shattuck and Lawndale Rds., one mile east of Hospital Rd. and one mile west of Center Rd.).

U of M Exposure Investigation

On Thursday of this week I attended a video conference in Lansing on the Dow funded UofM exposure investigation. Also in attendance was Tracey Easthope of the Ecology Center, MDCH staff, DEQ Staff, Dow, a large contingent from Uof M which included Dr. Garabrant, ATSDR, Local Health Department from Midland and Saginaw and aides from the offices of Dave Camp and Tony Stamis. The conference was three way video from Atlanta, Lansing and Washington, DC.

A few days before the meeting we were sent the UofM Power Point. My understanding is this was basically the same PowerPoint presented to the public in a series of meetings the previous week. All the participants in Lansing were anticipating a copy of the detailed exposure investigation when we arrived. Needless to say we were surprised when it wasn't made available. UofM read verbatim the PowerPoint to the conference group but declined to give any of us, including the Michigan Department of Community Health or DEQ, a copy of the detailed exposure investigation so we could submit written comments. Dr. Wade from MDCH told Uof M and Dow that this was not acceptable. It fell on deaf ears. What are they afraid of? Like everything Dow does, it is tightly controlled, neatly packaged and not very transparent.

Stay tuned........................

EPA Comments on MDEQ Eco Study

Contrary to comments made by Dow Chemical's Sara Opperman the Ecological Study done on the Tittabawassee River Floodplain did:

A Few Observations Comments and Rants

This issue will be studied to death and the dioxin will continue to move and migrate around this watershed unless we
insist on cleanup measures and demand that Dow be held responsible.

90ppt is not an arbitrary number contrary to what Dow and the local health department officials say. The 90ppt is a number calculated by the state "to protect the public health." This is the same calculation used for 200 + other chemicals like lead and mercury. Next time Dow tells you this number is arbitrary, please contact the DEQ or MDCH toxicology staff and have them explain the process to you.

So long as Dow Chemical and their apologists are permitted to sow the seeds of doubt this issue will never move forward. Think about all the people who defer to Dow for their information? Dow is the polluter, they are powerful and they have the most money to lose. Dow's Public Relations is second to none. This chemical giant can fabricate any message it wants and deliver it on a moments notice. I would submit they are the least reliable conduit of information.

You never hear Dow talk about the special vulnerability of children to their dioxin. Chronic low dose exposure is an issue. Children playing everyday in the floodplain..............IT'S AN ISSUE. A1995 article, written by a scientist at ATSDR ( H. Pohl) suggested that noncancer endpoints may be more sensitive indicators of dioxin exposure and derived a value of 40ppt for chronic exposure of children.

You cannot wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.......

Regards to all,

Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council