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TRW Archives 2002, 4th Quarter 10/20/02 - 12/31/02

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12/29/02  Fingerprints of Dioxin Contamination

A few color graphs tell the whole story.  The Dioxin came from Dow Operations in Midland, spilled into the Tittabawasse River and now contaminate the entire floodplain including our parks & backyards. Dow is careful to always state the contamination is a result of  releases from long ago (Historical).  We ask, are "old" dioxin molecules any less toxic and than new ones?  Does Dow have any   fingerprint data of  recent (non-historical) dioxin production to prove these claims?

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12/27/02 Associated Press: State proposed deal with Dow falls apart     

Many other related articles dating  back to January 2002 available, click here

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12/27/02 Dow-DEQ deal DEAD     

MDEQ Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2002

Contact: Patricia Spitzley
(517) 241-7398

DEQ Elects not to Pursue Consent Order with Dow Chemical Company

Director Russell Harding announced today that the DEQ will not pursue
finalization of the draft consent order with Dow Chemical. "While it
continues to be my belief that a consent order to address the dioxin
contamination in Midland is the appropriate solution, it has become
impossible at this late date to prepare a final document that not only
complies with the environmental statute, but also reflects the
substantive comments received from all parties," said Harding. "It is
my understanding that the DEQ will continue to work with Dow and other
interested parties to find a resolution to this issue."

The proposed Corrective Action Consent Order was drafted to address the
dioxin contaminated soils in and around the City of Midland. The draft
document was released for a 30-day public comment on November 8, 2002,
with a public hearing conducted in the city of Midland on November 21,
2002.

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12/20/02 Dow-DEQ deal on verge of collapse     

                Heatlh Study still on the table.  WHY?? 

Many other related articles dating  back to January 2002 available, click here

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12/20/02  Detroit Free Press: A plan for cleaning up dioxion sets off anxiety

Many other related articles dating  back to January 2002 available, click here

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12/19/02  Press Release:

    Environmental groups warn President against appointment of Engler to head EPA

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12/17/02  Midland Daily News Editorial rebuttal

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12/14/02  Associated Press: Critics claim Engler is trying to lessen liability for Dow Chemical

Many other related articles dating  back to January 2002 available, click here

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12/11/02  Toledo Ohio concerned about dioxin in the Tittabawassee River flood plain.

Environmentalists are comparing the potential pollution liability in central Michigan with the $500 million federal order against General Electric last year for dredging PCBs from the Hudson River bed above New York City.


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12/10/02  MDCH staff comments on Dow Corrective Action Consent Order (pdf).

Comments were requested by her superior but in the end were not allowed on the public record.  Comments are from a toxicologist who was the lead person in charge of the Health Consultations issued in March 2002.

bulletThe CACO "essentially hands over the responsibility and authority to protect public health and the environment delegated by state law to the MDCH & MDEQ to nongovernmental entities".
bullet"The MDEQ has clearly exceeded its authority and is attempting to set aside state law by exempting Dow from the requirments for land-use restrictions specified in Part 201 of Act 451."
bullet"They  (MDEQ) are attempting to impose a cleanup criterion more than 9 times the generic criterion on property not owned by Dow, without the consent of the owners and without the land use restrictions requred by law to prevent people from being exposed to unacceptable levels of contaminants."
bulletThe interim action level of 831 ppt TEQ is "untenable given that many of the input values used to establish the interim action level were decided by the upper management of the MDEQ and are in direct conflict with the majority of scientist who are knowledgeable in human health risk assessments in general and dioxin toxicity specifically".
bullet"The purposed use of this (Health) study for the purpose of setting a less stringent residential soil cleanup criterion for dioxin is contrary to MDCH's mission to protect public health and the Department should stongly object to the inclusion of this language in the MDEQ Consent Order.

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12/9/02  Public comment period on Dow Corrective Action Consent Order is closed as of 6 PM.

DEQ officials have said they intend to approve the agreement before Gov. John Engler leaves office at the end of the year regardless of the all of the negative input by citizens and the EPA.  It appears that the Michigan Department of Community Health will also be excluded from commenting on this CACO. 

Circuit Court Judge Collette set a hearing on Jan. 6th 2003 on the DEQ/DOW consent order.  Tittabawassee River Watch, Lone Tree Council, residents of Midland and the floodplain will have their day in court.   Judge Collette indicated that our right to challenge the consent order, even if signed, will be preserved. 

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12/9/02  A prophecy unfulfilled?

Back in 1908, Ezra Rust suggested the Tittabawassee River be used to provide Saginaw with fresh drinking water.   He is quoted as saying "That these waters may be polluted at Midland by a chemical plant or by that small population of that city may be true, but this can easily be corrected."  Ezra was a great guy, but evidently had nothing in common with Nostradamous.  See Saginaw Trivia   as posted in the Saginaw News  12/9/02.

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12/6/02  Breaking NEWS:  EPA comments on MDEQ draft Dow Chemical CACO & Hazardous Waste Management License

Hundreds of comments & objections raised by the EPA.    If you seek to understand why the Ecology Center,   Lone Tree Council, TRW and many others are challenging the MDEQ in these matters, you have to read these. 

bulletEPA comments on the draft Corrective Action Consent order of 11/9/02
bulletEPA comments on the draft Hazardous Waste Management Facility Operating License of 10/7/02.  

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12/6/02  CACO Restraining order update

In an Ingham County Court today, Circuit Court Judge Collette set a hearing on Jan. 6th 2003 on the DEQ/DOW consent order. Although our request for a Temporary Restraining Order was denied, we are very happy that the Tittabawassee River Watch, Lone Tree Council, residents of Midland and the floodplain will have their day in court. We are delighted that the judge is willing  review these issues so quickly.  In addition Judge Collette indicated that our right to challenge the consent order, even if signed, will be preserved. Our attorney, Chris Bzdok was pleased with the ruling.           

Michelle Hurd Riddick, Lone Tree Council

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12/5/02  Content of temporary restraining order against MDEQ as filed in Ingram county circuit court

Over 152 legal points in this temporary restraining order.   Read it for a  very good review of what's gone wrong in the MDEQ and why we had to sue them.  We are asking the courts to:

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A0 Declare the consent order to be illegal and contrary to the requirements of Part 111 and its rules;

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B0 Grant temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief prohibiting Defendants from entering into, signing, or otherwise giving effect to the consent order and operating license due to its illegality;

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C0 Grant temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief prohibiting Defendants from entering into, signing, or otherwise giving effect to the consent order and operating license until Defendants hold a public hearing consistent with the requirements of R 299.9514(7);

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D0 Grant temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief prohibiting Defendants from entering into, signing, or otherwise giving effect to the consent order and operating license until Defendants correct the deficiencies in the public notices for the consent order and operating license, and then provide for the required public comment period on correct notices;

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E0 Order Defendants to allow Plaintiffs to intervene in the administrative proceedings related to the consent order and operating license under Part 111 and Part 17 of NREPA;

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F0 Award Plaintiffs their costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees, under the authority of MCL 324.11151; and

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G0 Grant all other relief that is appropriate under the circumstances.

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12/5/02  Citizens Sue to stop dioxin deal between state and Dow Chemical

Press Release

CITIZENS SUE TO STOP DIOXIN DEAL BETWEEN STATE AND DOW CHEMICAL

Coalition Challenges 11th-Hour Agreement That Relaxes Standard for

Dioxins, One of the Most Toxic Substances Known

A coalition of six environmental groups and citizens living in areas contaminated with toxic dioxin  filed suit today to stop a proposed deal between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Dow Chemical Company. The deal, if approved, would expose communities to levels of dioxin nearly 10 times above the state's current standard, they said.

The lawsuit is the second in a series of actions the coalition is pursuing to block a proposed "corrective action order" drafted by DEQ in consultation with Dow that substitutes a standard of 831 parts per trillion of dioxins in soil, far above the 90 parts per trillion cleanup standard in DEQ policies and rules.   The less protective standard would initially apply to the Midland area, where sampling has shown high levels of dioxin in public areas, but could later be extended to other contaminated areas.  Families who live along the Tittabawassee River fear the standard will be extended to their yards and neighborhoods.   The coalition also believes that a state and national precedent could be set if the methods used to derive the standards are adopted.

"DEQ's proposed action is clearly unlawful," said Chris Bzdok, an attorney for the citizens. "The agency has failed to follow law and rules in drafting an order that seems designed primarily to serve the interests of Dow Chemical Company, not the public health."

Bzdok pointed out that an assistant attorney general earlier this fall critiqued a draft of the consent order as "illegal" and called for it to be scrapped. Instead, top DEQ officials have cut the Department of Attorney General out of discussions on the order, spending $10,000 in taxpayer money to hire their own outside counsel.

Because the consent order could be signed at any time after the close of the public comment period on December 9, the suit's plaintiffs said only a decision by the court for an injunction to stop the order could protect the public interest.  The DEQ has refused requests for an extension of the 30-day public comment period to allow public health advocates, environmentalists, local residents and others to examine the hundreds of pages of technical documents released by DEQ just weeks ago, and to provide comment.

"Everything about this deal stinks.  The public interest has been ignored, the science disregarded, public input has been squelched, and the law violated.  Now our health is at risk," said Diane Hebert, Midland resident and Director of Environmental Health Watch.

"If Dow gets away with this here in one of the largest watersheds in Michigan, with one of the most well studied and toxic chemicals known, this sham process could come to your town next," said Michelle Hurd Riddick of Lone Tree Council referring to the methods used to calculate the less protective cleanup standard for dioxin.  "This is bad policy, and bad governance, and it puts health at risk."

Groups filing the lawsuit in Ingham County Circuit Court are: Lone Tree Council, Tittabawassee River Watch, Ecology Center, Clean Water Action, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination,  and PIRGIM.  In addition, ten residents of Midland and the contaminated downriver floodplain joined in the action.  

Contact:

Michelle Hurd Riddick, Lone Tree Council - 989-799-3313

Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council  - 989-686-6386

Dave Dempsey, Michigan Environmental Council - 517-487-9539

Tracey Easthope, Ecology Center, 734-663-2400 x 109

Diane Hebert, Environmental Health Watch - 989 832-1694

John Taylor, Tittabawassee River Watch, 989-781-2950

        Residents living in dioxin-contaminated areas were joined by leading environmental organizations in the state today in petitioning the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), demanding the right to intervene in a proposed decision that could relieve Dow Chemical Company of responsibility for comprehensive cleanup, and expose Michigan residents to future health risks.

   The DEQ's proposal comes in the form of a consent order with Dow reached in the waning days of the Engler Administration that would raise legally acceptable dioxin standards beyond those called for by scientists and public health experts.  The order is on a fast track to be completed before the new Administration takes office.  The DEQ proposal is being made in connection with contamination of the city of Midland, and a 22-mile area downriver from Dow Chemical along the Tittabawassee River.

Residents and environmentalists filed a petition Monday under the provisions of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act seeking to intervene in the order, and for a delay in the decision until the DEQ weighed evidence opposing a change in the standard.   In the petition, the groups argued that the consent order's proposed interim dioxin standard was developed using unapproved methods resulting in a standard almost ten times higher than the current statewide standard, threatening Michigan's environment and the public health.  

      In a separate letter to the DEQ, the coalition asked for an extension of the public comment period on the license and corrective action plan because the notices and hearing violated state requirements.  The coalition requested the extension in order to give citizens a chance to present extensive technical documentation challenging the proposed agreement.

    "In the face of mounting scientific evidence confirming the grave risks posed to human health by dioxin, the State's DEQ has shunned the advice of its own experts and turned the cleanup process over to Dow and its consultants,"  said Michelle Hurd Riddick of Lone Tree Council, and a petitioner.

"Now only concerned citizens stand between DEQ's insider agreement and an increased risk of immune system problems, developmental delays, cancer, birth defects, neurological impairments, and other harm that can result from exposure to dioxin," said Diane Hebert, a Midland resident and petitioner.

       The proposed deal between Dow and the DEQ would eliminate the current standard for dioxin at the site, and create a new, less protective standard for cleanup of the extensive dioxin contamination in Midland.  This weaker standard could ultimately become the statewide standard. Under the agreement, soil levels of dioxin, one of the most toxic substances known to science, could be almost ten times higher than the current state cleanup standard without cleanup being required. Such an agreement could save Dow millions of dollars in cleanup costs while exposing the public and local citizens to unacceptable risks and setting a dangerous precedent. 

      Extensive DEQ, Environmental Protection Agency,  and Michigan Department of Community Health documentation unearthed by the citizen coalition shows that DEQ officials waived the typical decision-making procedures to allow environmental consultants, including one working for Dow, to write a new dioxin cleanup standard based on scientific and statistical analyses that have not yet been generally accepted.

bullet"We believe this illegal consent order is just the first step in Dow's plan to manipulate the process to get out of their obligation to clean up their mess, and protect public health," said John Taylor, Chair of Tittabawassee River Watch.
bulletThe current DEQ residential cleanup standard for dioxin in soils is 90 parts per trillion.   If the state were to use the latest peer-reviewed scientific studies, according to one Department of Community Health document, the new standard could be as low as 12 to 53 ppt.
bulletSection 1705 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act authorizes agencies or courts to allow any person to intervene in administrative proceedings that may result in harm to the environment.
bulletGroups filing the petition are: Lone Tree Council, Tittabawassee River Watch, Ecology Center, Michigan Environmental Council, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM).  In addition, 15 residents of Midland or the contaminated downriver floodplain joined in the action.   Petitioners are represented by the Traverse City firm Olson and Bzdok.

For more information, see http://www.ecocenter.org .  To learn more about Tittabawassee River Watch, see http//:www.trwnews.org.

Contact:

Michelle Hurd Riddick, Lone Tree Council - 989-799-3313

Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council  - 989-686-6386

Dave Dempsey, Michigan Environmental Council - 517-487-9539

Tracey Easthope, Ecology Center, 734-663-2400 x 109

John Taylor, Tittabawassee River Watch, 989-781-2950

Diane Hebert, Environmental Health Watch - 989 832-1694

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12/1/02  Newspaper article content added

Many articles form local news papers available online. 

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11/25/02 The public must insist on a Public  Hearing in Saginaw County

The DEQ is hell bent on pushing the DOW health study and the Corrective Action Consent Order through in the next 2 weeks. Public Comment period on the Dow CACO ends 12/9/02.  Please take a few moments and send an email to Mr. Jim Sygo at  sygoJ@michigan.gov

Tell him you insist on a public hearing on the health study in Saginaw County. Jim is the division chief handling this issue for the DEQ director Harding.

The high dioxin levels of 831 ppt TEQ contained in the CACO may be applied to all of us who live down stream if we fail to act now!  The "Health Study" as written will be heavily influenced by Dow, do you want the inmates running the asylum?   Please copy your emails to info@trwnews.org at the cc: prompt.  While your at it, please sign our petition to stop the Dow funded Health Study      TRW Dioxin Resolution Petition Fall 2002     Thank you.

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11/21/02 Dow CACO Public  Hearing, Saginaw News article

Midland ready to deal

Friday, November 22, 2002 ANDY GRIMM THE SAGINAW NEWS
MIDLAND-- A plan to raise the cleanup standards for dioxin in Midland to nearly 10 times the level that usually triggers an investigation should win state approval later this month, an environmental official says.

Despite protests from environmental groups and federal Environmental Protection Agency misgivings, a proposed agreement between Dow Chemical Co. and the state Department of Environmental Quality to handle dioxin contamination in Midland will move ahead, said DEQ Deputy Director Art Nash.

The agreement, called a consent order, would not require Dow to clean up residential sites in Midland and surrounding areas where levels of dioxin are less than 831 parts per trillion.

It also formalizes plans for a multimillion-dollar health study paid for by the chemical company.

There are no residential sites in Midland that would require cleanup under the 831 parts per trillion standard, state officials have said.

Residents at a public hearing Thursday at Midland's Dow High School complained that DEQ and Dow officials are hurrying to sign the pact before the end of the year, when industry-friendly Gov. John Engler leaves office.

Public comment on the agreement ends Monday, Dec. 9, and state officials will not extend the deadline, Nash said.

The 831 parts per trillion level will likely change several times after DEQ officials adjust a mathematical formula to identify the health risks associated with dioxin, a toxic byproduct of chlorine manufacturing that scientists have linked to a host of illnesses.

"This is just a start, not a finish to the process," Nash said. "Clearly the public needs to focus on the process. The risk assessment is very complex. I don't even understand all of it."

Nash said the draft of the consent order differs significantly from a version staffers in the state attorney general's office called "illegal" and "fatally flawed."

"There was a lot of personal opinion in (the attorney general's review)," Nash said, adding that the DEQ has hired a private lawyer to review the order.

Spokesman Gregory T. Bird said last week that attorney general staffers still are reviewing the order, but their approval is not necessary for DEQ Director Russell Harding to sign the accord.

DEQ officials refused a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to delay approving the agreement until they can fully review it, said Gregory A. Rudloff, a corrective action officer for the EPA.

Freeland resident Vince Castellanos, a member of the Tittabawassee Township dioxin committee, said the public needs more time to digest the 42-page agreement and dozens more pages of technical documents.

"They're talking jargon that 90 percent of the people don't understand," he said.

Saginaw County residents at the hearing expressed concern that the DEQ will apply the Midland standards to a potential cleanup along a 22-mile stretch of the Tittabawassee River downstream from Dow's complex.

More than a dozen Midland residents, including Mayor Drummond Black and Dow Michigan Operations Chief Gary Veurink, made statements in support of the agreement.

Midland residents have debated the dioxin issue since the 1980s, Black said.

"Let's get on with the Midland problem," he said. "Don't wait on Midland while you're trying to decide what to do with the river."

A handful of others booed comments by members of River Watch, an environmental group formed this year after tests found high levels of dioxin in the Tittabawassee River flood plain.

"There are people here who are obviously concerned about their health," said Chuck Gartner, a Dow engineer who has lived in Midland for 20 years, "but some people will never be satisfied (with health studies) because they 'know' dioxin is bad.

"We can spend a tremendous amount of money to resolve a problem that only exists in someone's mind, or we can put it to some good use."

Thomas Township resident Robert Cowling, who joined a half-dozen Greenpeace protesters outside a Dow office building Thursday morning, said he was not surprised by Midland residents' willingness to accept the plan.

"They can swim (in dioxin) neck deep if they want," but the plan must address concerns of residents downstream, said Cowling, who carried a banner that read: "Michigan DEQ: A wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co."

The hearing showed the difference between Midland, where Dow is the largest employer, and communities downstream, said Michelle Hurd Riddick, a member of the Lone Tree Council, an environmental group.

"It contrasts the two communities very much, but unfortunately this is a watershed issue," she said. "If they don't have a problem with the dioxin that's up there, that's fine. They need to find a way to keep it in Midland." t

Andy Grimm is a staff writer for The Saginaw News. You may reach him at 776-9688.

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11/16/02 Saginaw News and Midland Daily News Owned by  Dow?

The letter below ran in the Letters to the Editor, Saginaw News on Friday (November 15th) . Here is the letter in its entirety. Bold print is what the Saginaw news omitted, edited, left out! A bit of significant information. Yah, think? The Bay City Times printed the entire letter. As of 11/23/02, the Midland Daily News has yet to print the letter.

I cannot believe what I have read in the Saginaw news November 8
. Our Department of Environmental Quality is apparently cutting some kind of deal with Dow chemical to raise acceptable dioxin levels in Midland from 90 ppt. to 831 ppt? I guess now I can personally say that I have completely lost all faith and trust in our government. Are they out of their minds?  If this proposal goes through, what kind of precedent will this set for the entire Saginaw Bay watershed including the Tittabawassee river. This is not just a Midland problem people. Where do you think the dioxin goes after it leaves the Tittabawassee river? To the Saginaw Bay which I believe Bay City draws their drinking water from. Every time it floods, this stuff is getting flushed out into the bay. This is not just a Midland/Tittabawassee river problem.   For those of you that are skeptical about the harmful effects of dioxin, I urge you to please educate yourselves before it is too late and the deal is done. There are countless articles on the internet about this subject. If this stuff is so harmless, why did the state tell river property owners to wear protective face masks, gloves and protective clothing when working in their yards? AND TO LEAVE THESE ITEMS OUT SIDE OF OUR HOUSES?    The only way to stop this is for our communities to get involved. Without objections from each and every one of us, Dow will have their way, we will  continue to live in a toxic environment, and the state will stand by and do nothing for the people that  they are  suppose to protect.   I urge everyone to attend the public meetings, voice their outrage and continue to do so until the state does what it is suppose to do for us. The next meeting is November 21, at the H.H. Dow High school at 7:00 pm. This is a critical meeting that could effect the Tri cities for decades to come.  Kathy Henry, Freeland

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11/13/02 Lone Tree Council Dioxin Update November 13th 2002

  TITTABAWASSEE RIVER WATCH MEETING

  GreenPoint Nature Center

  MONDAY, November 18 --6pm PLEASE ATTEND

Greetings! The dioxin issue continuous to morph into an unbelievable monster that we are hard pressed to control. But we can't and we won't give up. The issue is so complex that even some of the good folks in the DEQ are hard pressed to understand all the implications.

1. The Corrective Action License for Dow Chemical is in the public comment period until Dec 9 2002. This is a huge license for Dow that will issue several permits at one time. The biggest implication for the T-River in the License is section 11 where cleanup of off site releases (off the Dow Plant site) is addressed. The Tittabawassee River and Floodplain are not listed to be cleaned up. We were told that the Floodplain was listed in a previous draft, however, DEQ administration had it removed. No reason given. The implications are huge.

2. The Consent Order for Dow Chemical. Yes, this is the same "sweetheart deal", that Deputy Director Nash denied existed ( Freeland meeting Oct.3). Dow is being given permission to raise soil standards from 90ppt to 831 in Midland. Using a highly technical risk assessment formula (PRA) Dow believes with DEQ administration blessing that this 831ppt is safe for people. Problems? You bet. State Toxicology people had very serious concerns about the science and disagree with several conclusions. These Tox people asked EPA's independent dioxin experts to review and comment. DEQ refused to give EPA time to review. The implications for the floodplain are huge! The infamous DOW HEALTH STUDY is in the Consent Order. We have all know for sometime that the health study could only be beneficial for Dow. Using the health study it is only a matter of time before the 90ppt is raised in the flooplain. The floodplain residents will continue to be exposed, Dow will skirt cleanup and Lake Huron, in time will be the fallout for dioxin.

Fingerprinting. Dow keeps saying that dioxin fingerprints don't match their current process. THAT'S BECAUSE NO ONE HAS DONE THE FINGERPRINTING. Dow and DEQ administration have put off fingerprinting for Floodplain soils and soils from the Dow plant site because they know the fingerprints would match. In a court of law, you would than have a "liable party."

Dow PR machine is working overtime, their political dollars start here in Saginaw County and move all the way to Washington, DC. Deep pockets and lots of money. A most formidable opponent. We have until the end of the year to stop this train wreck from occurring. We are working on it very hard with a great deal of help from our friends at MEC and the Ecology Center.

You should know that EPA appears to have some very serious reservations about how things are being handled here and will be reviewing and commenting on a number of items. Also, DEQ and MDCH field staff and toxicology people are commenting on the consent order. Most of them do not like it and are outraged by what is taking place.

Come to the meeting at Greenpoint this Monday. Join the River Watch and help protect our water resources, the public health and property values along in the floodplain.

Bring a friend and we look forward to seeing you Monday!

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11/17/02 DEQ releases Dow Corrective Action Consent Order for public comment

bulletThe only public meeting concerning this CACO is November 21, 2002 at Dow High School
bulletPublic comment period ends Dec 9 2002.
bulletDow is being given permission to raise soil standards from 90ppt to 831ppt TEQ
bulletState Toxicology people had very serious concerns about the science and disagree with several conclusions.
bulletDow shall not be liable under Part 201 of the NREPA if the release or threat of release is subject to corrective action under Part 111 of the NREPA.
bulletRead it all here    Corrective Action Consent Order 11/7/02 (pdf)

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11/1/02 River residents at HIGH risk of dioxin exposure

"At higher risk of exposure to dioxin are children, nursing infants, some workers and farmers, people who eat fish as a main staple of their diet such as some indigenous peoples and fishermen, and people who live near dioxin release sites. These groups of people are likely exposed to at least 10 times as much dioxin as the general population."  The preceding is a quote from the American Peoples Dioxin Report published by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, an organization  that developed out of the Love Canal tragedy.    Scientific research supporting the report can be found at Technical Support Document.

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10/22/02 Dow diverting attention from cleanup

bulletDow is attempting to divert attention from a cleanup with their "Health Study".  Behind the scenes the  MDEQ & Down are revising the  Dow operating license which would increase the level requiring cleanup from 90 ppt to 1400 ppt TEQ.  Many of the areas sampled in the Phase 2 process measured in the 91-1399 ppt TEQ range. Are you willing to live in a "Dioxin Zone"
bulletLone Tree Council Press Release  10/22/02

    Dow & MDEQ in collusion to create Dioxin Zone

    Supporting Documentation

    Michigan Asst. Attorney General Warning to MDEQ that CACO is ILLEGAL

    MDEQ Art Nash requesting AG to doctor illegal document & make it legal

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10/20/02 Sign our petition to stop the Dow funded "Health Study"

bulletContact a TRW member or come to our next meeting at Greenpoint Nature Center, 6 PM on November 18th.

                    TRW Dioxin Resolution Petition Fall 2002

You can also print the petition above, sign (get your neighbors to sign as well) and mail to:

        TRW, P.O. Box 6461, Saginaw   MI  48609-9998

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bulletSee newspaper articles for information dating back to January 2002.  Click here
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