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Enviro-Mich message from "Delavan Sipes" <delavan@cybersol.com>
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How in blazes does Harding manage to retain so much power?  If I should die
of a heart attack it would only be because of the fury aroused in my breast
each time that insolent Head Honcho overrides his own highly competent
people, including his own Adminstrative Law Judges.
About two years ago I attended a meeting he held in Benton Harbor.  It was
all I could do to contain my anger as he spouted his wonderful
accomplishments.  Sometimes I wish I hadn't restrained myself.
Obviously, Engler doesn't care how incompetent his appointee is, as long as
he favors business and industry.
It is clearly a good thing that Engler is on his way out.  Perhaps our next
governor will dispose of the Head Honcho carbuncle in proper fashion, and
appoint a reasonable environmentally sound leader, instead of the current
destroyer.
Delavan Sipes

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From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Relaxed Dioxin Standards


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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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What is the predicted lifetime cancer risk at 90 and
at 150???



At 10:09 AM 2/27/2002 -0500, you wrote:
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>Enviro-Mich message from Terry & Barb Miller <terbar@concentric.net>
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>E-Mers,
>
>   Please take note of this latest assault on Michigan residents' health:
>
>                                                           Terry Miller
>                                                           Lone Tree
Council
>
>         DEQ DIRECTOR REVERSES HIMSELF ON DIOXIN STANDARD
>
>A rule proposed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) late last
>week would weaken Michigan's cleanup standard for dioxin and is a victory
>for the Dow Chemical Company, a defeat for the people of Michigan, and a
>brazen sell-out by DEQ Director Russell Harding.
>
>Environmental groups today condemned Harding's decision to reject DEQ staff
>advice and propose relaxing Michigan's dioxin cleanup standard for
>residential areas from 90 parts per trillion to 150 parts per trillion.
The
>decision means Michigan citizens will be exposed to more dioxin, an
>extremely toxic compound already found at levels of health concern in
humans
>and wildlife in Michigan. Since the Dow Chemical Company is the party that
>requested the relaxed standard, the proposal represents a win for the
>company over DEQ staff, the groups said.
>
>"It is a case of poison politics over science.  said Dave Dempsey, policy
>advisor  for the Michigan Environmental Council. "While flinging charges of
>politics at everyone but himself, it is the DEQ Director who has injected
>politics into the rulemaking process."
>
>The new proposal is a reversal for Harding, who two weeks ago told Chemical
>Policy Alert, a Washington publication, that the DEQ would not alter the
>dioxin standard until the U.S. EPA releases its long-awaited scientific
>reassessment on dioxin later this year. That document will likely result in
>dioxin standards that are more protective (NOT LESS) than the current
>standard.
>
>Harding's decision reinforces the need for an independent investigation of
>the influence of Dow on issues related to dioxin and cleanup of Midland,
the
>groups said. Memos and correspondence in DEQ files show that Harding and
>Deputy Director Arthur Nash have conferred frequently with Dow about how to
>manage public relations associated with widespread dioxin contamination in
>Midland and elsewhere, a betrayal of the public trust.
>
>"Nearly doubling the concentration of dioxin that people can be exposed to
>is incomprehensible," said Terry Miller, Chair of the Lone Tree Council.
>"All of the scientific evidence points to the conclusion that we need to
>reduce dioxin exposures, not increase them."
>
>In a study released in March of 2001, researchers at the University of
Texas
>found that through food alone, Americans are already getting 22 times the
>maximum dioxin exposure recommended by the EPA. Among nursing infants, that
>level is 35 to 65 times the recommended dosage.
>
>"There's more, not less reason today to believe dioxin is a serious hazard
>to the public health," said Tracey Easthope of the Ecology Center.  "While
>at least one form of dioxin is a confirmed carcinogen, an emerging body of
>scientific evidence shows that many dioxin compounds can cause birth
>defects, neurological delays, and chronic ailments."
>
>Dioxins are a byproduct of industrial processes and are widely dispersed in
>Midland, Dow's headquarters, and downstream along the Tittabawassee River,
>most likely because of the company's past chemical production.
>
>"With a wave of the wand, Harding is trying to 'declare' some areas clean
>instead of actually removing dioxin," said Diane Hebert, a Midland
resident.
>"This could save Dow millions of dollars but cost the people of Michigan
>much more in cleanup and health care costs."
>
>Memos obtained by environmental groups last month under the Freedom of
>Information Act show DEQ Environmental Response Division scientists opposed
>to relaxing the standard and indicated that Harding and Deputy Director
>Arthur Nash were directly involved in overriding the scientific
>recommendations.
>
>In a November 21 memo, posted on the Michigan Environmental Council website
>at http://www.mecprotects.org/deqdocs.html, a DEQ staffer said that DEQ
>scientists "appear to be almost certain that what comes out of the final
EPA
>dioxin review will result in a direct contact criterion lower than 90.  I
>think a decision to include 160 as the proposed criterion will be roundly
>criticized and potentially become a political issue."
>
>Harding's proposal is doubly bad because it would not only weaken the
dioxin
>standard, but also lock it into a permanent rule, thus making it harder to
>toughen in the future, the groups pointed out. Until now, environmental
>cleanup standards have not been promulgated as rules. Instead, the
>mathematical formula for determining cleanup standards has been promulgated
>in the rule. Under the old system, DEQ could revise cleanup standards as
new
>peer-reviewed studies demonstrate health risks.
>
>(30)
>
>
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>HEARING INFORMATON ON PROPOSED RULE CHANGES
>
>The public hearing will be held on March 4, 2002, in two sessions. The
first
>session will be held at the Forum Auditorium in the Michigan Library and
>Historical Center, 717 West Allegan, Lansing, Michigan, from 1:00 p.m. to
>3:00 p.m. The second session will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Aurora
>Room, 925 S. Creyts Road (at I-496), Lansing, Michigan from 7:00 p.m. to
>8:00 p.m.
>
>Copies of the proposed rules are available for inspection at all
>Environmental Response Division offices. The rules can be viewed and
>downloaded from the Internet through www.michigan.gov (use the search
>function and enter "Proposed Changes to Administrative Rules" including the
>quotation marks). These rules can also be viewed on the Internet through
the
>Office of Regulatory Reform website. From www.michigan.gov, use the search
>function and enter Office of Regulatory Reform to reach the Office of
>Regulatory Reform home page, then enter 1995-020 EQ in the ORR search
>function. Copies of the rules may  be obtained by contacting the Lansing
>office at:
>
>Environmental Response Division
>Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
>
>for postal mail: P.O. Box 30426
>Lansing, MI 48909-7926
>for express delivery: 525 West Allegan Street
>4th Floor, South Tower
>Lansing, MI 48933
>
>Phone: 517-373-9838
>Fax: 517-373-2637
>
>An electronic copy of the rules may be obtained without charge on compact
>disc (Microsoft Word XP format) by contacting the Environmental Response
>Division office above. A paper copy of the rules may be obtained by sending
>a self-addressed stamped envelope (at least 10" x 13"), with $9.00 in
>postage affixed, to the Environmental Response Division.
>
>All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and present their
>views. It is requested that all statements made at the hearing be submitted
>in writing for the record.
>
>Anyone who is unable to attend may submit comments in writing to Ms.
Lynelle
>Marolf at the address above, or by e-mail to marolfl@michigan.gov. Comments
>submitted by e-mail must be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf).
>
>Comments must be received in the Environmental Response Division office by
>5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on March 25, 2002.
>
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