Re: the attached posting from Enviro-Mich (below).........While I think
that everyone involved in the dioxin problem would agree that having the
final risk assessment released is long overdue, this press release makes the
campaign look pretty silly.
In particular I would call attention to the statement "...We
already know dioxin is used to kill bugs as a pesticide."
<sic> attributed to Representative Bonior. Dioxins and
dibenzofurans were never used as insecticides. Dioxins and
Dibenzofurans are known to be trace contaminants in some herbicides
(specifically the Cholorphenoxy compounds like 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D) and are
trace contaminants in chlorophenol production. But having a quote like
the one above attributed to Mr. Bonior makes it look like there is a serious
lack of scientific expertise in his camp. Is it too late for the
Sierra Club to withdraw their endorsement? :-)
>>> "Allison, Bob" <Bob.Allison@mail.house.gov>
06/17/02 04:03PM >>>
BONIOR TO EPA:
FINISH DIOXIN REPORT
delay in health risk assessment threatens
June 17, 2002
Contact: Bob Allison, (586) 469-3232
U.S. Rep. David Bonior said it is time for the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to finish and release a long-delayed report
on the health effects of dioxin and begin developing policies that will
protect the public's health.
In a letter this month to EPA Administrator Christine
Todd Whitman, Bonior and other lawmakers expressed concern about the more
than 10 year lag in releasing the report.
"The public release of the dioxin assessment is long
overdue," Bonior said. "It is time to finish it and let it see the light of
day. We already know dioxin is used to kill bugs as a pesticide.
It doesn't take a decade to figure out that we need tough, aggressive
measures to crack down on it."
Dioxin is a group of highly toxic chemicals that are
formed primarily as an industrial waste byproduct. Dioxin is known to
cause numerous non-cancer health problems, including reproductive,
immunological and developmental effects.
Dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee floodplain
in the Midland and Saginaw area has raised serious health risk
concerns. TCDD, the compound found in Agent Orange and at Love
Canal, New York, is one of the toxic members of the dioxin
The EPA has been studying the sources and health
effects of dioxin for nearly 20 years, completing its first health
assessment of dioxin and related chemical compounds in 1985. However,
facing pressure to review its findings, which showed considerable risks to
human health, EPA announced it would conduct a reassessment of the health
effects of dioxin.
The dioxin reassessment has been underway since
1991. A full year ago, the EPA's Science Advisory Board recommended
the agency complete and release the report by the end of the summer of
2001. Yet at this time, it still has not been finished and