Lone Tree Council
(Fighting for environmental justice since 1978)
CONTACT: Michelle Hurd Riddick (989)799-3313
Terry Miller (989) 686-6386
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 31, 2005
GROUP CONCERNED STATE MUDDIES WATER
DEQ Deputy Director says GM/City Data Unavailable to Support Dioxin in River
A Bay City Times
story on March 27, 2005, has a local environmental group concerned that the
state has muddied the water on sources of dioxin to the
Since that story, the Lone Tree Council has learned through an e-mail from Mr. Sygo that “the DEQ does not yet have data that demonstrates that the Bay City WWTP or the General Motors Corp plant in Bay City are in part responsible for the release of dioxin and/or furan to the Saginaw River.” Moreover, the process of collecting and analyzing samples to “fingerprint” their source has not been done. “That data has not been returned or analyzed yet,” wrote Mr. Sygo.
“We believe it
is premature to name names other than Dow,” said Michelle Hurd Riddick from the
watchdog group, Lone Tree Council.
“People have read this story and concluded that Dow is no longer the
responsible party for the lower
“Dow has done
such an effective job deflecting responsibility for its dioxin cleanup,” said
Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council chairman, “from denial, to greenwash, to behind
closed door meetings with the state.
For those reasons, every story must be fact-checked and challenged – this
one doesn’t meet the fact test.
Once again, it has allowed Dow to point a finger at someone else, as they
did in 2003, blaming GM for dioxin in the
“At this point
the DEQ is just speculating,” said Michelle Hurd Riddick. “We absolutely, positively
know that Dow has contaminated the Tittabawassee and