Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

September 3rd, 2004 #19


In the case of Henry et al. Vs Dow Chemical, Case No. 03-47775-NZ, State of Michigan, Circuit Court for the County of Saginaw, Hon. Leopold P. Borrello.


An Amicus ("Friends of the Court") Brief was filed in Michigan's Supreme Court 9/1/04 supporting the plaintiffs call for medical monitoring as the result of dioxin contamination in their yards from the Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, MI. Those filing in support of medical monitoring:

  • The Ecology Center
  • American Public Health Association
  • Endometriosis Association
  • American Lung Association of Michigan
  • Genesee County Medical Society
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Lone Tree Council
  • Public Interest Research Group in Michigan
  • Sierra Club
  • The Center for Civil Justice
  • To view the entire brief go to http://www.trwnews.net/ and click on Dow Lawsuit.

    Sept. 15th Small Game Hunting Season

    In yet another communication from EPA Titled EPA Desk Statement on Dow Off Site Dioxin Contamination dated 8/5/04, the US EPA says:

    "Recent data, including aquatic risk studies and recent dioxin fish tissue sampling conducted by the State of Michigan, and a study by Dow concerning dioxin levels in wild game indicate there may be unacceptable risks from the food chain pathway which need to be evaluated when considering overall risk in Midland, MI and the Tittabawassee and Saginaw watershed." The document goes on to state," Evidence exists that additional exposure pathways, other than direct contact, exist in Midland and the Tittabawassee and Saginaw watershed. These exposure pathways include migration of soil contaminants to surface water, fish consumption, and wild game consumption" The final paragraph states, "Discussions are ongoing between the Governor's office, MDEQ, and Dow to develop a plan for addressing off site dioxin contamination in Midland, and the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Watershed"

    Two years and we are still negotiating with Dow over how the public's health and natural resources will be protected? Dioxin in soils and sediments translates to dioxin in the food supply, i.e., ... fish, turkey, deer, eggs. When Dow Chemical tells you most of your dioxin comes from food, they're right! They put it there. The economic vitality and health of this watershed are threatened and impaired by the presence of this dioxin. Compromised public health and impaired natural resources reach far beyond just Dow Chemical's profits.

    In March 2003, DEQ and MDCH said they needed to better articulate their message surrounding this dioxin contamination. Time to get it together. It's long overdue for public health initiatives to commence, for interim response activities to take place and time to stop worrying about what is agreeable to Dow. Public health demands a response to Dow's Wildgame study results and while hopeful that the state will address this issue, it has gone beyond any semblance of a timely response. And timeliness is important if the intention is to educate and engage the public in taking control of decisions to protect their children and families.

    Michelle Hurd Riddick

    Lone Tree Council

    Source: Lone Tree Council / TRW

    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.