Dioxin mucks up dredging project
EPA seeks new plan for sediment disposal
December 20, 2004
BY HUGH McDIARMID JR.
Dow spokeswoman Anne Ainsworth said the company does not share the EPA's certainty that most of the Saginaw River dioxin originated from the company's operations -- which released dioxin to the air and Tittabawassee River decades ago.
Of course Dow Chemical doesn't agree that most of the dioxin is theirs. Deniability is always a first line defense to broker for more time. Truth is Dow's chemical fingerprint is all over the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron which is why EPA insisted that these two areas be listed in Dow's RCRA license as off site releases from Dow Chemical subject to corrective action and the laws of the state of Michigan. This license was issued June of 2003 and not contested by Dow Chemical at that time.
Dow has no defense on a level playing field subject to the light of day. Unable to withstand public scrutiny, objective scientific debate or the requirements of their license Dow once again has been permitted to drag the discussions of public resources behind closed doors to hammer out a deal with Lansing. It's unfortunate but it's the historical reality of how the state deals with this corporate polluter. Democrat or republican it doesn't matter. You can bet the Saginaw River and Bay are a huge part of the closed door negations with Dow. Process is important and so are results..........they will both speak volumes.
Michelle Hurd Riddick