Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update # 10

June 2004

Next meeting of the TRW is Monday, June 28th Thomas Twp Library 6:30 PM



This blog concerns the mighty Tittabawassee River that flows through several counties in Michigan and the pollution and politics that supplant themselves for the health concerns that should be taking the center stage:



Dow's call for "sound science" suggests that they are the only conduit of truth or legitimate science and information. Please recall Dow's use of junk science delivered by industry's favorite hack, Dennis Paustenbauch in 2002. His Risk Assessment and Bio-availablity study, likely to be resurrected again, garnered page after page after page of scientific criticism from MDCH, MDEQ, EPA and ATSDR. But Dow will again use Paustenbach because they will get the results they want............... The vast majority of scientists are truly diligent and honest but please, let's not be so naive as to think people cannot be bought and paid for just because they Ph.D. after their name. Industry uses Paustenbach a lot. Look at the reason why:

March 7, 2004

Weakened rules a boon to 3 polluters
Work of scientist paid by the firms viewed skeptically by other experts
Star-Ledger Staff

Early last decade, three companies responsible for widespread chromium
pollution in Hudson and Essex counties faced a decision.

They could spend hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up contaminated
sites, or they could try to persuade the state Department of Environmental
Protection to relax its limits on the cancer-causing toxin.

The companies -- now known as Honeywell, PPG Industries Inc. and Maxus
Energy Corp. -- chose the second option and hired a California scientist
named Dennis Paustenbach to press their case.

Over the next decade, Paustenbach and his team of scientists succeeded
wildly. When they started out, New Jersey's limit for the most dangerous
form of chromium was 10 parts per million in soil. Now it has reached
6,100 parts per million -- among the least stringent standards in the

The DEP's policy change -- forged gradually under the administrations of
Govs. James Florio and Christie Whitman -- saved the companies an
estimated $1 billion in cleanup costs. In some cases, they have been able
to walk away from polluted sites without removing a single shovelful of

One of a handful of Paustenbach's fiasco's. If you think you should be concerned you should. Dow's bioavailability study designed by Paustenbach would (in 2002) have raised the allowable level of dioxins to 831 ppt. At the Midland meeting on May 26th, the issue of a bio-availablity study was mentioned again.

More from the Star Ledger:

Paustenbach's work fits a familiar pattern, said David Michaels, an
environmental research professor at George Washington University who
served as assistant secretary for Environment, Safety and Health at the
U.S. Department of Energy from 1998 through January 2001.

"There is a whole industry that exists to convince regulators that
exposures aren't dangerous in order to get companies off the hook,"
Michaels said. "And Paustenbach and (his former firm) Exponent are in the
middle of that industry."

This article is very lengthy but worth the read.


Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council


Source: www.trwnews.net

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