Lone Tree Council and TRW
Dioxin  Update
July 24th  2006 #72
National Academy releases report on the Dioxin Reassessment
Released this month the  report provides guidance to EPA on how the agency could improve the scientific robustness and clarity of the Reassessment for its ultimate use in  management for dioxin  in the environment by federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. The report does not recommend exposure levels and it is not a risk assessment.

The committee encourages EPA to finalize the current Reassessment as quickly, efficiently, and concisely as possible after addressing the major recommendations in this report.
The following from Rueters:

The National Academies panel said at a briefing that the EPA's recommended standards -- which are as much as 10 times more stringent than the current ones -- should be applied within a year or so, with no further data-gathering required.

"We're clearing the way for EPA to release this report," said panel chairman David Eaton, a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. "Our recommendation is not to go back and start over."  http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyID=2006-07-11T201645Z_01_N11175354_RTRUKOC_0_US-ENVIRONMENT-DIOXIN.xml&archived=False

One of the most articulate summaries of the NAS report was done by Dave Lindhardt of ChemTelligence Inc. Dave is a retired Dow chemical engineer and we much appreciate his willingness to share it with us.  You can access his summary at the following link:

http://www.dioxinspin.com/PDF Documents/NAS-REASSESSMENT REVIEW.pdf 
The Dioxin Slurry Pit Progresses
Regarding Lone Tree Council's case before the Federal Courts: A detailed schedule was agreed upon by all parties which will take us into September. In the past week after seeking assurance that this site was for navigational dredging only it's clear that no agency or government body will commit that this site will not be used by a third party, i.e... Dow Chemical. This is significant for a few reasons. 1. The taxpayers  of Saginaw County (only) are taking on the liability for this site. 2. How the site is constructed is paramount to its integrity and ability to contain highly contaminated materials from Dow's cleanup of the Saginaw River 3. It will set a very poor precedent for dioxin cleanup in the watershed and around the state. Imagine if Dow gets away with using a federal project as the standard/precedent for its obligations.
With DEQ's blessing construction of this site is proceeding absent a construction plan or an operational management plan. Nothing can go into the site until the OMP is approved but wouldn't you think how the site is constructed is paramount to how the contaminated sediments are managed? Politics trumps science, planning and process every time. Wouldn't be the first time a corporation was successful in passing off a significant portion of their cleanup liability to the taxpayers.
The Saginaw News - Saginaw,MI,USA
The organization found that a toxin known as 2,3,4,7,8 Pentachlorodibenzofuran -- a dioxin-like pollutant that makes up more than half of all contamination in the Tittabawassee River -- is about 40 percent less toxic than believed during its 1998 analysis.

The change could mean a  20 percent to 25 percent decrease in the overall toxicity of dioxin contamination downstream of Dow Chemical Co., state Department of Environmental Quality officials say.

The news report  goes on to say concentrations of 8, 000 + are found in the Tittabawassee River. That is old data. Dow found 23,000 ppt near the W. Michigan Park and the banks of the river near Imerman Park top out near 20,000 ppt. The Saginaw River has concentrations as high as 16,000 ppt.
Dow receives EPA citation
Saginaw News
By Jean Spenner
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Dow Chemical Co.
with Clean Air Act violations at its Midland operations.
.........The EPA said the company violated testing, operating, monitoring, record keeping, reporting and notification requirements. In addition, EPA says that Dow has exceeded emissions and other limits.

EPA also filed a complaint against Dow for failing to comply with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. This from the company who has launched a multi million dollar Human Element ad campaign announcing its "vision of addressing some of the most pressing economic, social, and environmental concerns facing the global community in the coming decade."
According to  Chemical and Engineering news this latest public relations pitch finds Dow outspending the American Chemistry Council on its essential 2 campaign, which debuted last year with a 2006 price tag of  about $20 million.  http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/84/i26/8426dowchemical.html
Think globally act locally. Look around the watershed.
 MDCH Community Event
This Thursday from 9am to 1pm in Morley Plaza Downtown Saginaw Michigan Department of Community Health will be hosting activities for the public to answer questions about safe fishing, fish consumption and the fish advisories on our local rivers and Bay. Please plan on attending.  If you have questions please call Kory Groetsch at MDCH 517-335-9935 or  groetschk@michigan.gov

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2006
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

10,000 EPA SCIENTISTS PROTEST LIBRARY CLOSURES — Loss of Access to Collections Will Hamper Emergency Response and Research

Washington, DC — In an extraordinary letter of protest, representatives for 10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are asking Congress to stop the Bush administration from closing the agency’s network of technical research libraries. The EPA scientists, representing more than half of the total agency workforce, contend thousands of scientific studies are being put out of reach, hindering emergency preparedness, anti-pollution enforcement and long-term research, according to the letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

What can you do? Please read the report and then call the Congressional Switchboard #  202-224-3121 ask to speak to your elected official and tell him or her  the public's access to science and information MUST NOT be denied. Communities need access to  information if citizens are to participate in their government and not be led around blindly. Information and transparency should never be a casualty in a democracy...............
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council


For additional articles like this one, go to the Tittabawassee River Watch web site www.trwnews.net. for complete coverage of the Tittabawassee River Dow Chemical dioxin contamination saga.. The source organization's web site link is listed above. The Newspaper / Media page of our site contains an extensive archive of media articles dating back to January 2002. The Newspaper / Media page may be accessed by scrolling down to the bottom of the CONTENTS section and clicking on the Newspaper/Media link.