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Dioxin Update

July 27th 2004 #16


Dow Chemical’s Wildgame Study Released

OK, with a great deal of reading and some perseverance one need not be a rocket scientist to get to the substance of the Dow Wildgame study. Substance being the operative word! Able to spin their abysmal findings and get their desired headlines and slant, Dow’s press release in no way reflects the high levels of dioxin found in these floodplain animals. Dow apparently diluted and or averaged the numbers south of Midland taking their "sound science" spin to new levels. The hard data which appeared later on Dow’s website confirms that dioxin in the floodplain soils is available to individual game animals at very high levels in many cases. Some of these animals are very young and many were found to have numbers that exceed 100ppt TEQ. The national standard is less than .5 ppt. Headlines and news stories accomplished what Dow wanted ----to convince the public that these game animals were no more harmful than supermarket chicken. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not rocket science take a look at the data yourself.

You can find Dow’s study at: http://www.dow.com/facilities/namerica/michigan/dioxin/work/wildgame.htm.

Dow’s Problematic Behavior

Dow’s wildgame study was spin, not " sound science" and in fact is tantamount to a lie. There is no excuse and no ethical justification for this corporate misdeed. If Dow wants people to trust that they are committed to "sound science" and " working with the community", they need to stop twisting, distoring, lying and ommitting information.

One other major distortion? Dow’s Wildgame Study contrary to their press releases in November and this month, was not approved by DEQ. Resolution to this issue will never come to fruition so long as Dow’s misinformation campaign and manipultation of the facts go unchallenged by those agencies and officials, state and local, charged with protecting the health and welfare of the people.


Legislature in Session one Day Last Week ---Wednesday the 21st

Conference Committees
SB 1066 -- MDEQ Budget - fiscal year 2004-05, the House approved a budget for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) that reinstated the Hazardous Waste Management Program, but retained reductions in staffing levels by 8%, and reduces general fund support for the department by 15%.

The bill also includes $800,000 to pay for a dioxin bio-availability study using Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) funding (1998 bond approved by the voters for contamination cleanups)

Some public officials support the use of CMI money because they say the study has to be independent of Dow if it’s to be credible. Problem is these same public officials have no problem singing the praises of Dow’s 10 million dollar exposure investigation contracted to the UM, which is not "independent" of Dow. These public officials want it both ways. Dow should pay for every study? But Dow’s money needs to go into an escrow account and Dow needs to walk away. How independent of Dow can the UM Exposure Investigation truly be when Dow submitted pages of protocols and numerous comments for a study on the very community they contaminated? Problem with the proposed bio-availability study? Think about it. Dow contaminates several downriver communities and some legislators suggest the taxpayers pick up the tab to the tune of $800,000 to fund a study for the very chemical giant responsible for the contamination. Next thing you know they will want the taxpayers to pay for cleanup.


Saginaw News Editorial Sunday, July 18th 2004 " PROPEL QUEST FOR ANSWERS"

OK, it’s an opinion and we are all entitled to our opinion but one statement was grossly incorrect.

From the Sunday Editorial: - "The contaminant enters the body only through consuming dioxin containing meat."

CDDs can enter your body when you breathe contaminated air, eat contaminated food, or have
skin contact with contaminated soil or other materials


Midland Daily News July 18, 2004

Steenland, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and Epidemiology, says all cancers are elevated by dioxin exposure. "I would definitely not be excluding some cancers," Steenland said.

Find the completed story at:



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Michelle Hurd Riddick

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