Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin  Update
June 27 th 2006 #71
DEQ DOW Community Meeting -  DEQ needs to make a decision
The link below will take you to the transcript of the DEQ Dow community meeting in mid-May. The discussion  pasted in this update is an exchange I had with Dow's John Musser and Peter Simon a Dow Consultant doing mapping on the Tittabawassee River. ( Mr. Simon was not allowed to answer)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Peter Simon -- Mr. Musser,  maybe you can help with this, too -- I'm wondering,  while you're out there collecting that sample and that  data, if you find hot spots, if you find elevations,  why can't you dredge it out right then and there? Why  can't you pull it from the river at that time?


 JOHN MUSSER: Once again, okay, if we find a  hot spot -- and I can't define that for you. I don't have the definition, but the intent is there.


 AUDIENCE MEMBER: Isn't that a priority,  John? Just one second, shouldn't it be a priority for  Dow and DEQ to determine when you get out there what  constitutes a level?


 JOHN MUSSER: We'll have to figure it out.  I don't know.


 AUDIENCE MEMBER: Don't you think that's a  priority?


 JOHN MUSSER: Well, point taken, and we are committed to making the right decisions at the right  time. When we have the data that says this is a hot spot, and by coordination and  collaboration with DEQ, we'll decide on action. If itís required at that time, we'll do it.


AUDIENCE MEMBER: You will pull that stuff  out of the river?


 JOHN MUSSER: We will do what is required  for the circumstances, Michelle, okay.


AUDIENCE MEMBER: You will pull that stuff  out of the river?


 JOHN MUSSER: You heard what I said.



Sorry but  "commitment" and "intent" are just not enough. It's incredible that five years into this contamination the state has not settled on what constitutes a hot spot. In the meantime, with every flooding event, the dioxin will be reshuffled and pushed down to the Saginaw River and out to Lake Huron. A letter was sent ( 6-14) raising the issue with both Dow and DEQ. DEQ needs to decide on a number (ppt) that would require sediment removal as the mapping begins this year on the Tittabawassee River and Dow needs to remove those levels when they find them. Will let you know what we hear back.

About the National Academy of Science (NAS) Dioxin Review
Below are links to this past weeks stories about the pending release from the NAS about dioxin. Let me share a few thoughts and comments.
The release from the NAS is not the final word on dioxin. It is just one of 12 or 13 peer reviewed reports on the EPA's fifteen year Dioxin Reassessment.
It is interesting that Dow has made rounds to the local media to put their spin on the NAS review. A document that no one else has information about. It's my understanding that Dow has said the NAS report along with the Dow funded U of M study will change how dioxin is addressed. Perhaps Dow has the inside scoop on these studies.
It becomes more interesting with  Rep. Moolenaar's abrupt amendment to his original legislation to  change the state's standard from 90 ppt to 1,000 ppt.    Last week within 48 hours the original bill  was withdrawn and a bill calling on the DEQ to utilize the forthcoming NAS report was introduced. Perhaps Mr. Moolenaar  has the inside scoop too.
Representative Moolenaar stated that his legislation:
" will ensure that any action taken by the DEQ will incorporate the best available science to get a true indicator of dioxin toxicity and exposure."
Does anyone really believe the state is not using best available science? These are the same state employees and the same science which Moolenaar all but ignored during the Engler years when the DEQ was under the iron fist of Russ Harding and Dow had nothing to worry about. Moolenaar had no problem with the state's science back then.
"The best available science, used on a national level, should be incorporated to guide our state-level public health policy," said Rep. John Moolenaar.
Representative Moolenaar has consistently  ignored previous peer reviews at the national level which call for greater public health protection for dioxin exposure. If Representative Moolenaar really trusted the "national science"  he would  insist that the DEQ protect for cancers with a risk level of 1 in 10,000 like at the federal level. DEQ risk level is 1 in 100,000.
At the national level, ATSDR calls for public health screening at levels of 50 ppt..........I don't see Representative Moolenaar insisting on this policy but then again neither does Dow.
Dioxin bill passes in House; effect uncertain
Midland Daily News
By Kathie Marchlewski,
      A bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives could
mean a change in the state's dioxin cleanup standards.
Science Academy joining dioxin debate
The Saginaw News - Saginaw,MI,USA
The state House has approved legislation that would add a voice to the dioxin debate in mid-Michigan. Lawmakers unanimously passed ...

 Another gift from Dow Chemical
Crews digging up, cleaning up radioactive waste at mouth of Saginaw
Bay City Times
By Jeff Kart
June 27th 2006
They've been digging out hundreds of tons of radioactive waste and
contaminated soil from an old Dow Chemical Co. site across from the
Consumers Energy's Karn-Weadock power plant.
The slag is a byproduct of castings made at a magnesium foundry that Dow operated in Bay City from the 1940s through the 1960s. It's been buried by the Saginaw Bay for decades.
 Enjoy and be safe this July Fourth holiday.......
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council

Source:  Lone Tree Council / TRW

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