Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

March 6, 2005 # 36



The most recent round of dioxin sampling in the Saginaw River reveals levels of over 16,000 ppt of Dow Chemical's dioxin in downtown Saginaw near the Genesee Street bridge area. That's 178 times the state standard.

In 2003 the highest numbers were near the confluence of the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers at Greenpoint ---- over 7,000ppt

In 2004 the highest numbers were down river in the Saginaw near Zilwaukee ----- over 11, 000 ppt

In 2005 between these two point in downtown Saginaw we find the highest numbers to date----over 16,000ppt

The significance of these numbers become more relevant as time passes and cleanup plans are delayed. It is imperative that an extensive characterization of the dioxin contamination of the Tittabawassee River, Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay commence in the very near future. The state needs to initiate and drive the process to thoroughly determine the extent of contamination. Collection of data now is wise and prudent because Dow has about 2.5 years before they are legally required to address the Saginaw River. When that time comes a cleanup plan could be implemented immediately? And it would negate any effort by Dow to delay cleanup by once again calling for more studies of the river. In the meantime contaminated sediments will continue to find travel unabated to the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron.

As usual stay tuned.........................


Dow misinformation and the muzzling of the DEQ

Too long to post but I encourage everyone to visit the TRW website. www.trwnews.net click on Current News and read the DEQ response to the November Dow Community Update. This paper was prepared by DEQ in response to the inaccuracies, lies and misrepresentation put out by Dow Chemical on dioxin and related issues in the community. Problem is it went to the Governor's people and was never permitted to be shared with the public. Imagine that! Regulatory agencies charged with the protection of public health and natural resources not permitted to respond to inaccurate information that puts people and communities in harm's way. One person in the administration said they cannot stop Dow from lying because it's an issue of free speech. Convenient answer but it falls far short of an explanation as to why DEQ/MDCH were not permitted to respond.

Gary Henry did a great job of lining up the Dow and DEQ documents side by side to illustrate how low Dow will go to manipulate public opinion. Please take the time to read this and share it with others.


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Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council