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Re: E-M:/ Audit: DEQ brass cut deals with polluters

Nice timing for the article in the Muskegon Chronicle today.
Michelle Morningstar spent many summer days in the 1970s swimming in White Lake, often joking with friends about how the water sometimes changed from blue to red in a bay near the former Whitehall Leather Co. tannery.

It wasn't until 2001, when breast and bone cancer were found by doctors treating her for a broken back, that the Muskegon woman began to wonder if the polluted water somehow triggered her illnesses.

* White Lake, where a recent cleanup removed much of the toxic sludge Whitehall Leather dumped into Tannery Bay (where Morningstar and her friends swam in the '70s). The lake also has rebounded from water and fish contamination caused by the defunct Hooker Chemical Co.