Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

September 11th, 2004 # 21



On September 9th we launched the CAMPAIGN FOR A CLEAN WATERSHED because Dow Chemical's dioxin is a pubic health issue, a quality of life issue, a pollution issue and an economic issue for everyone in the area. Dow's dioxin is in Midland, the Tittabawassee River, the Saginaw River and the Saginaw Bay. Sue Roller Cameron of Zilwaukee Twp. said it best. "We're all recipients of the same pollution," she said. "It's all the same watershed. Their pollution is our pollution."

Residents along with Lone Tree Council, TRW, Citizen's Against Toxic Substances (Zilawaukee Twp) , CACC, and Environmental Health Watch ( Midland) initiated this campaign and we are asking you to join us.

The Campaign for a Clean Watershed will endeavor to do three things:

1. Increase citizen awareness of the Watershed of the contamination

2. Expose Dow Chemical disregard for public health

3. Confront the failure of the State to respond in a timely manner to this contamination.

We are insisting on three items

1. Proper signage and public health education

2. Testing and additional sampling determined by DEQ and Dow's Permit

3. Cleanup

A very brief history of why this campaign is needed & why your voice is important

In June of 2003, after 7 years of negotiations, Dow Chemical was issued a license; a license they did not contest. This Operating License subjects Dow to Part 111 and Part 201 of Michigan law and very clearly laid out the process for cleaning up the areas contaminated with Dow's dioxin Included was a compliance schedule and the areas of contamination to be addressed. Again, Dow did not contest this license. In fact, Dow agreed to the terms of their License.

"As part of the license, off-site corrective action also has been defined and will be implemented for dioxin in Midland soils, as well as along the Tittabawassee River and floodplain.".... Dow Chemical press release, June 12th 2003

However, when DEQ began enforcing provisions of the license, i.e....soil sampling in Midland, response activities that would protect public health everything came to an abrupt halt. Dow objected, Midland City objected and legislators, like John Moolenaar, to date absent on this issue became very vocal and:

  • Demanded meetings with the Governor
  • Attacked DEQ as "out of control" ( for enforcing the Dow license)
  • Threatened to eviscerate DEQ's budget
  • Eliminate the very DEQ division that oversees Dow Chemical
  • Flew to Chicago to meet with EPA threatening to send cleanup to the federal government (so much for state's rights)
  • Threaten to change the state standard from 90 to 1,000ppt (legislative detoxification of a very toxic substance)
  • Legislate $800,000 of taxpayers money to Dow for yet another study (passed the house)
  • Forced all conversations behind closed doors and out of the public arena
  • Stopped the flow of information to all stakeholders except Dow Chemical
  • Moved this from a legal regulatory and well thought out process to a political fight controlled by Dow Chemical

Great way to run our government, eh? Of course these legislators did this at the beck and call of Dow Chemical and the Midland City fathers who believe Dow is above the law and their license. Since that time citizen meetings have been canceled, the state went behind closed doors with Dow and all public health initiatives on this contamination have come to a halt! Government by intimidation shouldn't be tolerated in a free democratic society. The responsibilities of the state agencies to address this contamination should not be held up because of intimidation tactics by elected officials who have little regard for public health and natural resources.

The Campaign

The end results of this issue is yet unknown. The implications for this watershed, our Great Lakes and resources are huge. We are asking for your support and help to move this issue forward and into the light of day. Please join us in the CAMPAIGN for a CLEAN WATERSHED. Imagine for a moment clean rivers, where people fish, children swim and play without regard for the cleanliness of the water, the fish or river banks. Imagine for a moment, canoe liveries, mom and pop bait shops and small businesses that can thrive on a clean river system. DOW CHEMICAL MUST CLEANUP ITS CONTAMINATION.

If we can count on your support and you are willing to lend your name or that of your organization to our effort, please contact us at any of the sites below. As always you can contact me directly.

Want to lend immediate support to the Campaign for a CleanWatershed?

Just return this e-mail to me with your name in the subject box. Easy, simple and we'll add your name to our Supporter's List

We look forward to hearing from you.


Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council



"We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune...........Teddy Roosevelt

To find out more information on how you can lend your voice and support go to http://cleanwatershed.blog-city.com/ or http://www.trwnews.net/ and click on the campaign.

If you have questions write to: cleanwatershed@aol.com . Please include your name and phone number.

There were two inquiries about anonymous donations. Please direct all those questions to me ( michdave@aol.com )

http://ourmidland.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12896054&BRD=2289&PAG=461&dept_id=472542&rfi=6&xb=yih to access the Midland Daily News story on our press conference.


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.