12/07/06 View Dow's Human Element ad campaign in a new light
Just in from the Boston Coalition for Justice in
We have a wonderful filmmaker in our midst here
in the Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal. Her name is Birgit Werner and she
has taken the Dow Human Element TV Ad on YouTube and made it wholly what it
should be, but set to the same sound track!!! Bravo! Pass on this wonderful film
that shows what Dow really is all about. Yours, Aquene
12/06/06 Moolenaar Bill 5672 passed in Senate committee
HB5872 passes in senate committee. The bill originally would have
required the state to recalculate the criteria based on a report released in
July by the National Research Council of the National Academies.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality suggested a substitute,
which was passed, that included that the Department "may" recalculate cleanup
criteria for dioxin based on the new information.
12/05/06 Moolenaar slips polluter free ride bill 5872 into senate before year
Senate's Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs committee is expected to
conduct a hearing on House Bill 5872 today. The bill would require the state to
recalculate its dioxin contamination cleanup criteria based on a report expected
to be released in upcoming months by the National Academy of Sciences."
Click here for details from the
Midland Daily News.
Dr. Neill Varner says in his Nov. 17 letter, "Studying relative risks," that
he appreciates the efforts of the University of Michigan dioxin exposure study
team. "Their work, already recognized by the world scientific community, adds
immensely to our understanding of the local dioxin burden of Saginaw and Midland
county citizens exposed to dioxins along the Tittabawassee River."
Former Dow Chemical Co. engineer, and now manager of ChemTelligence Inc., David
L. Linhardt tells us the dioxin exposure study team compared dioxin serum levels
found in Michigan residents against levels measured by the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey in 2000-2001.
To improve the validity of the comparison, the serum levels measured in
2000-2001 must be adjusted to 2005, the year in which the University of Michigan
researchers sampled the blood of Michigan residents. It's believed that U-M did
not adjust the cited level to year 2005.
Furthermore, on a year 2005 to year 2005 comparison, the median Michigan dioxin
serum level measured by U-M is more than 70 percent higher than the national
median, a difference much higher than the 10 percent elevation reported by U-M.
The U-M study also reported dioxin serum levels by other statistical parameters:
mean, 95th percentile, and maximum levels. Based on these parameters, Michigan
serum levels are 52 percent to 120 percent higher than the corresponding 2005
national survey levels.
Richard A. Maltby
11/29/06 Dow fined $84.8 million
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – The European Commission imposed fines of about $682
million Wednesday against five companies, including The Dow Chemical Co., which
it said had fixed prices on synthetic rubber used in tires.
Click here for details.
Perhaps this is a new phase of Dow's "The Human Element" campaign, will they
add the following?
Below are a few more examples of Dow's stellar performance as a "good
11/16/06 Study indicates dioxin affects male reproductive system
A dioxin toxin contained in the herbicide Agent Orange affects male
reproductive health by limiting the growth of the prostate gland and lowering
testosterone levels, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in
a cohort study of more than 2,000 Air Force veterans who served during the
The study, published in the November issue of the journal Environmental
Health Perspectives, indicates that exposure to TCDD, the most toxic dioxin
contained in Agent Orange, may disturb the male endocrine and reproductive
systems in several ways.
11/16/06 Dioxin associated with decreased testosterone levels
Study: Serum Dioxin-like Activity Is
Associated with Reproductive Parameters in Young Men from the General Flemish
Results: Age (p = 0.04) and the frequency of fish (p
= 0.02) and egg (p = 0.001) consumption were independent positive
determinants of serum dioxin-like activity. After correcting for possible
confounders, we found that a 2-fold increase in CALUX-TEQ > 16 pg/L was
associated with a 7.1% and 6.8% (both p = 0.04) decrease in total and
free testosterone, respectively. We also observed a more pronounced drop in
semen volume of 16.0% (p = 0.03) , whereas sperm concentration rose by
25.2% (p = 0.07) . No relationship was found with total sperm count or
Conclusions: "These data suggest an interaction of dioxin-like
compounds with the secretory function of the seminal vesicles or prostate,
possibly indirectly through an effect on testosterone secretion, at levels not
affecting spermatogenesis as such."
The Department of Environmental Quality and The Dow Chemical Company are
hosting the next quarterly Midland/Saginaw/Bay City (Tri-Cities) Dioxin
Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at the
Horizons Conference Center, 6200 State Street, Saginaw. This meeting is
open to the public. The press release and agenda for the meeting are
This meeting has also been announced in the local newspapers. Please
share this notice with others who might be interested in attending this
meeting or forward their e-mail addresses to me for inclusion on the
distribution list. If you should have any questions, please contact
A Web site committed solely to
the navigational dredge materials disposal site in Zilwaukee and Frankenlust
Townships is up and running. This site will be updated frequently giving the
public access to detailed information, actions and activities surrounding this
public project which has seen little if any light in a very long time.
10/20/06 Lone Tree/TRW Dioxin Update
EPA documents, FOIA and access to information
About Dow's use of the Dredge Site
What you didn't learn from the media about
the slurry pit
10/06/06 New website focuses on significant findings not mentioned in U/M study
David Linhardt, a Chemical Engineer formerly
employed by Dow, has a new website devoted entirely to the
University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study. Below is his
introduction to the new site:
The recent U/M Dioxin Exposure Study did not
fully explain the significance of elevated dioxin blood serum levels found in
Michigan residents. In addition, the U/M did not discuss many of the significant
findings presented in the supplied data tables.
When compared on a year 2005 to year 2005
basis, Michigan median serum levels are 70% higher than the national levels.
This elevation is much greater than the 10% increase reported by the U/M.
When compared on a mean, 95th percentile and maximum level basis,
Michigan serum levels are from 52% to 125% higher than US levels.
Dioxin serum levels in the Midland Dow Plume
are lower than other Michigan areas. The U/M has kept the specific locations
that were sampled confidential. However, based on data from previous soil
sampling programs, more than 70% of the locations sampled in Midland by the
U/M may have been two miles or more from the Dow incineration complex. Only
2 out of a total of 31 samples may have been taken in heavily contaminated
neighborhoods. Although Midland serum levels are low compared to other
Michigan study zones, average serum levels in Midland are still nearly
150% higher than the corresponding 2005 US level.
The U/M found very high dioxin blood serum
levels even in background areas believed to be regions of low dioxin
contamination. Every Michigan area studied by the U/M was found to have
dioxin serum levels significantly higher than 2005 US national levels.
The study confirmed that dioxin contamination in Michigan is more
wide-spread than previously believed and not just confined to the
A comprehensive analysis of the U/M study,
including information not discussed in the U/M report, can be found on a new
The website will only carry information related to the U/M dioxin blood serum
Executive Summary of the analysis has been provided as an attachment to this
email. If you believe that the analysis has value, please forward information on
the analysis and the website to persons concerned about the levels of dioxins
being found in the human body.
Study may have underestimated cancer risk to veterans
"The scientist who worked on a 25-year study of the impact of handling Agent
Orange on the health of Air Force veterans says the study may have
underestimated the risk of cancer in Vietnam War vets exposed to the defoliant.
The $140 million health study ended Sept. 30 and found an elevated risk of
diabetes for those veterans who handled the chemical but no clear links to
Ron Trewyn, a biochemist and member of the Ranch Hand study advisory committee,
reviewed the cancer chapter for that last report and argued that it should
include data Michalek used to write the 2004 and 2005 articles in the Journal of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
"They referenced those papers, but they left all the data out from those cancer
papers that were done that showed the cancer effects," he said. "It's huge
because then the conclusion is there's no cancer effect when as part of the
study, the same investigators, just analyzing the data in a different way, found
that when they did that, lo and behold, then there were significant cancer
"And so for the final report to say there's no cancer effect when the
investigators themselves published papers saying there is a cancer effect,
that's just flat scientifically wrong." "
10/06/06 Dioxin body burden significantly affects estrogen metabolism
"This is the first report on the association of human body burdens of PCDDs/PCDFs
and PCBs with estrogen metabolites. The information presented is crucial to
understand their hormonally related health effects in women, such as the risk
for breast cancer".
Dioxins (PCDDs), furans (PCDFs), and biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental
endocrine disruptors that have half-lives of 7–10 years in the human body and
have toxicities that probably include carcinogenesis. ... In this cohort
study of maternal–fetal pairs, we examined the relationship of PCDD/PCDF and PCB
exposure to levels of estrogen metabolites in the sera of 50 pregnant women
25–34 years of age from central Taiwan. ... We measured 17 dioxin congeners, 12
dioxin-like PCBs, and 6 indicator PCBs in placenta ... Altered estrogen
catabolism might be associated with body burdens of PCDDs/PCDFs. Our study
suggests that exposure to PCDDs/PCDFs significantly affects estrogen metabolism.
Therefore, PCDD/PCDF exposure must be considered when using the OH-E2
ratio as a breast cancer marker.