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That would be correct, in 1997, the International Association on Research in Cancer named dioxin a 'known' human carcinogen, based on several human epidemiological studies.
 
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Folks,

I noticed that Mr. Clift refered to dioxin as a likely human carcinogen in MEC's press release. 

2,3,7,8-TCDD, often refered to as "Dioxin" (there are something like 78 possible molecular configurations in the chemical class known as dioxins; TCDD is the most toxic congener) is a known human carcinogen according to the IARC (http://193.51.164.11/monoeval/grlist.html.  It was listed in 1997, I believe. 

Press Release National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences January 19, 2001 "TCDD-Dioxin--is Listed as "Known Human Carcinogen" in Federal Government's Ninth Report on Carcinogens"

URL:  http://www.niehs.nih.gov/oc/news/dioxadd.htm 

Dave Zaber

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REPORT CHARGES STATE DEQ SOFT ON CRIME

 The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is putting the health of citizens at risk rather than enforcing environmental laws, a coalition of environmental groups is charging.  The groups are releasing a report, “Soft on Crime,” that cites 11 cases in which DEQ failed to enforce state environmental laws, exposing citizens to everything from dioxin-tainted playgrounds to mercury-tainted fish to sewage-fouled rivers.
 
“These horror stories are just the tip of the iceberg,” said James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC). “There are dozens, if not hundreds more. People are facing serious health risks because the DEQ can’t -- or won’t -- enforce the law.  There is an expectation that the DEQ is taking responsibility for protecting the public from contamination and its not getting done.”

 One of the most frightening examples of DEQ’s failure to enforce the law is a nearly five-year coverup of dioxin contamination in Midland and a failure to act on information collected last year on dioxin contamination spilling downstream from the city to Saginaw. DEQ has discovered levels of dioxin, a likely human carcinogen, 80 times higher than health-based standards. But instead of publicizing the discovery and demanding cleanup, the DEQ met privately with representatives of Dow Chemical Company to develop a plan for public relations and rejected requests from concerned groups to do more sampling.
 
 A poll taken last summer showed that from 78% to 90% of Michigan registered voters support reforms to strengthen enforcement of environmental laws similar to those contained in House Bill 4996, introduced by State Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor). The bill would prevent polluters from benefiting economically from breaking environmental laws, bar chronic violators from receiving some state contracts, and make information on the state’s environmental enforcement efforts public.
 
MEC is calling on the Engler Administration to spare from budget cuts staff position charged with enforcing environmental laws.  “This administration has to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the Great Lakes through providing the personnel necessary to hold polluters accountable,” stated Clift.  This fiscal year, general fund support for the DEQ has already been cut by 24%.

The pollution violations occurred in Lyon Township, Riverview, Midland, Monroe County, Kalamazoo County, Green Oak Township, Van Buren County, Mackinac County, Clinton Township, along the Saginaw Bay, and White Lake Township.  A copy of the “Soft on Crime” report is available at the MEC web site:  http://www.mecprotects.org.

For more information:

Contact: Dave Dempsey, 517-487-9539

Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
www.mecprotects.org