Lone Tree Council and TRW

Dioxin Update

November 21st , 2004 # 28



YARD SIGNS and the Campaign for a Clean Watershed

It's been reported that a number of yards signs came down or were stolen after the election. Please put your signs back out or e-mail us and let us know you need another sign. We'll be happy to get them to you. ( michdave@aol.com or info@trwnews.net) This campaign is far from over.

If you have not signed up for the Campaign for a Clean Watershed just send this Dioxin Update back (michdave@aol.com ) and your name will be placed on the supporters list. Or go to http://cleanwatershed.blog-city.com/ or visit the TRW website for information.

Dow Chemical's worker study. The devil is always in the detail

Dow recently released another worker study showing high levels of serum dioxin among their workers. Of course Dow said these high levels do not put their employees at risk for known health problems. Perhaps not enough time has passed for these employees. For the Dow workers the significant issue is the latency period of their exposure. Filed in an amended report with EPA in the late 90's Dow acknowledged increases in stomach and prostate cancer among its workers as they aged.

And what about the other effects of dioxin besides cancer? Studies of rats show that cancer is not the most sensitive response to dioxin. Low-level exposure has been linked to increases in thyroid and immune function and cognitive development. If Dow is tracking cancer in their predominately male test pool it does nothing to address the development of a growing fetus, developmental effects in children or reproductive health of women.

Dow's efforts to dismiss these recent findings as insignificant is part and parcel with their efforts to minimize the hazards of dioxin and their responsibility. It was July of this year when Dow said the game on the floodplain was safe to eat, just like the chicken in your supermarket. In September four state agencies, with MDCH in the lead, issued a Wild game Advisory for the T-river floodplain, only the second ever issued in Michigan's history. Dow is not the most reliable purveyor of truth or "sound science."

The Precautionary Principle an ounce of prevention

"Where there is uncertainty as to the existence or extent of risks of serious or irreversible damage to the environment, or injury to human health, adequate protective measures must be taken without having to wait until the reality and seriousness of those risks become fully apparent. "

This statement is the basic tenet of the Precautionary Principle. Unfortunately its application is sorely missing in Michigan and the entire US in dealing with public health threats. A link to a story written for " The Ground Up" follows.

Please take time to read AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION, A Precautionary Principle Primer by Brian McKenna and Ted Sylvester found at the following link:


Look around you at the false choices or absurd premises proffered by Dow and government which conflict with public health protection. Precaution be damned!

The public must reject these radically false choices, premises and notions. Just because we do not know the scientific certainty surrounding every last detail of Dow's dioxin contamination is no reason to do nothing!

" Just knowing enough is not of itself sufficient: acting wisely, and in good time, is also necessary."
-- European Environment Agency report, 2002

Dow's Philanthropy in Saginaw County

Would appear Dow's generosity is becoming a bit more pronounced and frequent in Saginaw County. In the interest of fairness we must acknowledge that Dow has for some years contributed to a number of civic foundations in Saginaw County. However, since being identified as the company responsible for Michigan's worst dioxin contamination, Dow has become more generous and obvious in their philanthropic contributions in Saginaw County. The reasons are obvious as the nose on your face. A number of people have sent e-mails as Dow's cash cow delivers the green to their respective communities. We've decided to start keeping track of Dow's contributions in Saginaw County and would appreciate anyone forwarding information to us. Yes, there is a place for corporate sponsorship and philanthropy but when that giving comes with the expectation of silence or loyalty it's too high a price to pay.

Michigan State University Data

Via a Freedom of Information request we have received Part One of the MSU dioxin/furan samples taken in September and October of 2003 focusing on fish and wildlife food web. 148 samples were taken and reported. Even with my limited science acumen it was apparent that the details of this report were significant and needed explanation. DEQ agreed that the results were significant and agreed that the study does necessitate scientific interpretation for the public. So we await a response from DEQ. Part Two,Three and Four of the MSU sampling will be out in the coming months. I have the data on a disk and would be happy to make copies for anyone interested. Hopefully DEQ will place this data with interpretation on their website.

From Sue Roller Cameron in Zilwaukee Twp------Dioxin the tie that binds communities

DEQ employees are quick to tell us that 3.1 million cubic yards of contaminated dredge spoils from the Saginaw River dumped in our backyards won't make a difference because our front yards are already polluted with dioxin from the
Tittabawassee River, due to past flood events. Yet, there is no plan to test for dioxin in our yards or in the farmland that will be excavated for a dredge/disposal facility. The Corps is forging ahead with dredge/disposal plans without first doing the
Environmental Impact Statement required by NEPA. Zilwaukee Township residents, who are CATS members, are accused of standing in the way of progress because we object to living near 281 acres of toxic sludge dumped next to our homes. (Some homes are located within 300 feet of the proposed dredge/disposal facility.) CATS continue to demand that dioxin-contaminated dredge spoils be disposed of properly, outside the floodplain, in a licensed and monitored landfill designed to

Happy Thanksgiving

Hard to believe we are fast approaching the 2004 holiday season. Let us all give thanks for the blessings of family, friends and the abundant resources of this great state. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Best Regards,

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.