Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

August 10 2004 #17



"In spite of active involvement by the EPA in the 1980s to reduce dioxin emissions from Dow Chemical, it is clear that the persistent, un-addressed dioxin problem exists," states a report by J. Milton Clark, health and science adviser for the EPA's Superfund Division. "It is clear that significant risks to public health still remain."



Dr. Clark has was the author of the 1985 Risk Evaluation of Data for EPA's Field Study of Midland Michigan. Off the radar screen for some time, Dr. Clark did comment last month on our dioxin situation, the Dow Wildgame Study and the DEQ's ecological risk assesement conducted by Dr. Hector Galbraith. His comments follow:

Click here to read the EPA memo.



Time for DEQ, MDCH, local health departments and every elected official to get serious about this issue. Look at the facts. According to 3 rounds of DEQ soils sampling we have high dioxin concentration pervasive and deep the entire length of the T-river. We have concentrations in people's backyards from 200 to 5,000ppt. Imerman, Freeland Festival, West Michigan Parks and Green Point all have levels from 150 to 7,000ppt. We have contaminated fish, which present an "unacceptable risk to human health," we have contaminated duck and chicken eggs and we have deer and turkey which far exceed levels permitted by the federal government. We are three years into this contamination in the floodplain and 20 years plus into the contamination in Midland. We've had two episodes of flooding this year which deposited additional contaminated sediments onto the floodplain. This river will continue to flood and deposit dioxin in our yards, public parks and communities.

In addition, Dow has a legal obligation under Part 111 and Part 201 of Michigan law to address their contamination. Dow has a federal license which identifies the City of Midland and the T-River Floodplain as offsite release which Dow is responsible to address. What does Dow do:

1. Threaten the state with jobs
2. Hire lobbyists to apply political pressure
3. Derail months of hard work by DEQ and MDCH to address the contamination
5. Deny dioxin's toxicity
6. Study the issue to death
7. Initiate a misinformation campaign
8. Lie about the results of their studies
9. Rally legislators to initiate legislation that will financially cripple the regulatory agencies charged with protecting our water resources

Of course, elected officials don't respond to the science or the law; they respond to whomever yells the loudest, and Dow and Midland have a huge voice.................. .Dow is not above the law and Dow is not and should not be the entity to define the toxicity or science on dioxin. The next time you hear Dow say that your largest source of dioxin comes from the food you eat ( that's correct for most people) ask Dow how it got in the food supply. In order to protect the food supply, you have to prevent dioxin from being released, and clean it up when it contaminates watersheds, farmland and communities. As we have seen, the dioxin in soils DOES translate to dioxin in wildlife, eggs and fish. We are never going to get dioxin in the diet reduced until we address dioxin in the environment.


Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council

Source: Lone Tree/TRW/EPA

For additional articles like this one, go to the Tittabawasse 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.