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E-M:/ Public Mtg Wed. 6/19: Pine River & FOTL Bankruptcy settlement



Public Forum to discuss $66 Million Fruit of the Loom Bankruptcy Settlement for Cleanup of Gratiot County’s Pine River / Velsicol Chemical Superfund Site


Citizens with an interest in the Pine River in Gratiot County should plan to attend the public forum meeting scheduled for 7:00PM Wednesday June 19, 2002 at the Senior Center located at 1329 Michigan Avenue in St. Louis, Michigan. 


The parties that were involved in securing the $66 million Fruit of the Loom bankruptcy settlement to clean up the Velsicol Chemical plant site and the Pine River include attorneys and staff from the USEPA, the US Department of Justice, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State of Michigan Attorney General’s Office, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  They will be present at the June 19 7:00PM meeting to answer questions. 


Please attend this very important meeting.  Citizen input is critical.


Comments on the bankruptcy settlement should be made in writing by June 19 to Mr. Thomas Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General of the Environmental and Natural Resource Division, US Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, D.C., 20044.  Reference:  In re Fruit of the Loom, Inc., D.J. Ref. No. 90-11-1-07096.   Copies of your comments may be sent to Michigan State Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, Senators Levin and Stabenow, State Rep. Dave Camp, State Senator Goschka and State Rep. DeVuyst. 


The Pine River Superfund Citizen’s Task Force Community Advisory Group is asking that they be designated within the settlement language to have input into how the money is disbursed, and to have legal right of access to all documentation.  The Task Force is also requesting that very high priority be given to earmarking settlement funds for a natural resource damage assessment for the Pine River, as such a study will likely identify additional “principally responsible parties”, and therefore additional sources of funds for cleanup of the river 


Citizens in Alma and St. Louis in Gratiot County have suffered from decades of horrifying contamination of the Pine River.  A no-consumption fish advisory has existed on the Pine since 1974 due to extreme levels of DDT, PBBs, and other toxic chemicals.  The Pine River is listed as a major source of DDT to Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron in the Lake Huron Pollutants of Concern list in the Lake Huron Initiative. 


Please bring your questions and attend this very important meeting.


Thank you,  Rita Jack.




Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project Director

Mackinac Chapter Sierra Club

tel:  517-484-2372



"Speak out - even if your voice shakes."