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Lone Tree Council and TRW 

Dioxin Update

April 18th 2004



The Long Shadow





Earth Day


So what happens when mega corporations like Dow Chemical buy political influence and purchase neutrality? Transparency becomes nonexistent, citizens are marginalized, the media is paralyzed, good public servants are intimidated, elected officials silent and our government fails us. The democratic process shuts down!


The Long Shadow details the dioxin controversy in the Tittabawassee River and the City of Midland starting in 2002, from public notification by agency whistleblowers in January to the failed bailout in December.  The story highlights the plight of three floodplain families concerned about their health, their property values, and the corporate and government forces that acted against them.  The story is told through contemporary videography, historical photos, and interviews with floodplain residents, environmental advocates, key government officials, and state lawmakers.  The Long Shadow exemplifies the need for citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process, and the danger in assuming that government officials are always acting in the best interest of the public they are charged to serve and protect. 



Stephen Meador created the Long Shadow for his Master's thesis at MSU


Stephen Meador is a freelance journalist working in print, radio, and film.  His stories focus on history, science, and the environment.  Before becoming a journalist, Steve was a Lieutenant in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps.  He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in environmental engineering, and studied journalism for two years as a graduate student at Michigan State University.  Steve lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with his soul mate Kate and their two dogs.




Additional copies will be available on loan from Lone Tree Council. If you are interested please contact Michelle Hurd Riddick at michdave@aol.com.