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Re: E-M:/ Midland and Downstream Residents: Demand Soil Testing May 26!!

In a message dated 5/24/2004 12:07:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time, rita.jack@sierraclub.org writes:

To Midland Residents and all those living Downstream: 


The time to speak out is NOW about the City of Midland and Dow Chemical’s ubiquitous dioxin contamination and what to do about it.  The City of Midland is holding a meeting on Wednesday May 26 at 7pm to discuss with the community the issues related to soil dioxin testing within the City.   


I urge Midland residents and all citizens LOCATED DOWNSTREAM to attend this meeting and to demand soil testing be done.  The course followed in Midland will determine whether or not the Tittabawassee River Floodplain will remain a source of dioxin to all residents living downstream.  Dioxin deposited onto the floodplain is released into the river with every rain event, and continues to contaminate areas downstream, including the Saginaw River, Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron.  Michigan cannot continue to act as if this horrendous situation doesn’t exist. 


-Rita Jack

Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter



The following is from the website of the City of Midland:  http://www.midland-mi.org/government/Dioxin/dioxinhome.htm


This will be a very tightly controlled meeting
 Jim Sygo DEQ
Sue Carrington Dow Chemical
Ron Waybrant City of Midland Toxicology Consultant
Mike Krecek Midland Co. Health Department
Tom Phillips City of Midland Environmental & Regulatory Legal
All questions are submitted in advance and have been pre-printed for the audience and given in advance to panelists
Meeting will have a moderator
No open microphones
"Reserved seating" for  DEQ staffers and other guests of the panel members
Any printed materials to be handed out will be done at the end of the meeting
Panelist will be the "only spokesperson" for their respective organization-no one else will be allowed to answer questions (or make corrections to erroneous statements)
Each participant will do a 15 minute presentation focused on answering the pre-submitted questions from Midland residents.
This isn't really a public meeting or an open meeting. It is a highly controlled attempt by Dow and the City of Midland to garner a specific outcome. The alleged intent of the meeting is to "allow Midland residents the opportunity to learn more about the effects of dioxin on their health and property in light of the MDEQ's proposed plan to test soils in the Midland area."
The City of Midland and Dow have a long and well documented history of fending off regulatory agency efforts to ascertain an accurate assessment of the extent of dioxin contamination in Midland. Thru political lobbying, philanthropy and threats of job loss, Dow has been able to control the people and the City Midland to the detriment of the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Indeed, transparency is not one of Midland's strong suits and unfortunately for the vast majority of Midland residents it's OK...............
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council