Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

October 15 , 2004 # 24


Please circulate to anyone you think may be interested

Next meeting is Monday October 25th at 6:30pm at the Thomas Twp Library

Campaign for a Clean Watershed


Additional yard signs have been printed up and are ready for delivery. If you need one please drop an e-mail michdave@aol.com or cleanwatershed@aol.com , and we'll make sure you get one.

We've had a number of inquiries from the folks in Bay City concerned about Dow's dioxin appearing in the upper Saginaw and bay, so watch for these signs to start appearing in the yards of our friends and supporters in Bay County. (Bay City Times September 26th 2004 http://www.mlive.com/news/bctimes/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1096281928271370.xml ) Make no mistake-----we are committed to raising awareness about Dow's dioxin, its economic implications, public health implications and its impairment of natural resources.

We continue to collect names of individuals across the watershed who are lending their names in public support of the Clean Watershed Campaign.

Please do not think that your name or individual support is not important. C'mon it's easy and easiest if you just return this update to the sender (michdave@aol.com) with your name and say sign me up. Every voice counts every name counts and everyone matters. Do it right now!

Lawsuit update, October 11 2004, by Kathy Henry

What an experience the Supreme Court is! Our October 6th hearing was very intense, nothing like the ones in Judge Borrello's court. A big thank-you to all of you who were able to drive down that day for the experience. We had a good sized group of plaintiffs and supporters there. The Hall of Justice has to be one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in, I am sure most would agree.

I would like to say that all of us should be very proud of the attorney's representing us. They are a top notch team. Teresa Woody, our lead council, could not have done a better job. We are lucky to have her representing us. Hopefully, the court will make their decision soon.

DEQ Plan Approved to Help Inform Residents of the Risks of Dioxin Contamination Oct 13th Press Release

A plan to help inform area residents of the risks of dioxin contamination in Midland and the Tittabawassee floodplain has been approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.The communications plan will be implemented by Dow Chemical Company to keep residents informed of actions the company is taking to address the dioxin contamination, and to help make citizens more aware of steps they can take to reduce their risk of potential exposure to the toxic substance. The Communications Interim Response Activity Work Plan will provide general information on dioxins and furans to the public and inform them of steps they can take to reduce exposure. The plan and cover letter can be viewed on the DEQ’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/deqdioxin then click on "Dow Off-site Corrective Action," and scroll down to "Approved Interim Response Activities (IRA) Under


Imerman use down 43 percent/ Saginaw News

Friday, October 15, 2004

"Warnings of dioxin contamination at Imerman Memorial Park likely contributed
to a sharp revenue decline at the Saginaw Township park this summer,
officials say."


Environmental issues are always about public health, taxes, economics and quality of life. This is truly a sad situation. Imagine how people feel who cannot use their yards. The Saginaw County Parks division is to be commended for their candor on this issue and their commitment to this issue.

By Lana Pollack / Special to The Detroit News

Friday, October 8, 2004

"Severe budget cuts threaten Michigan's environment

Yet the Legislature has cut General Fund support for environmental enforcement and cleanups almost 75 percent in the last four years.

Without an infusion of revenue in the next two years, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will have to gut the cleanup and enforcement programs that brought us out of the age of burning rivers and rotting alewife beaches. It may take another decade to fully realize the impacts of this collapse. But without restoring the financial support for environmental protections, we're going to pay a terrible price in terms of our economy, natural resources and public health."


Lana is a former state senator and the president of the Michigan Environmental Council. Please read Lana's entire piece at the above link. In Lansing, with her finger on the pulse of Michigan's environmental issues, Lana's perspective is worth taking to heart. Financially crippling the DEQ's ability to enforce Michigan laws is tried and true tactic of some legislators. We saw it this past summer when Rep. Moolenaar introduced legislation to clobber, intimidate and bully the DEQ over the dioxin issue in Midland. Some things are just wrong and unethical and serve no public good..........

Sharing these Dioxin Updates

Please share these updates with anyone you like. If you have friends or family who are interested in being placed on the update list have them send an email to michdave@aol.com.


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.