For Immediate Release
July 10, 2006
Michelle Hurd-Riddick, Lone Tree Council: 989-799-3313
Terry Miller, Lone Tree Council: 989-686-6386
Dr. Michael Harbut, Environmental Medicine: 248-506-8871
Federal Review: Yes, dioxin is still toxic!
Local experts: Dow’s dioxin must be cleansed from tainted watershed
Dioxin, a chemical released for decades by Midland-based Dow Chemical
Co. into the
All those conclusions, reached years ago by scientists and the Environmental Protection Agency, were reaffirmed in a National Academies review of the proposed EPA Dioxin Reassessment that was released today.
“The review is yet another piece of science strengthening the
call for cleanup of the riverbanks and riverbeds downstream from
Dioxin pollution in parts of the watershed is dozens of times higher than safe levels, and has prompted public health warnings on human consumption of both fish and terrestrial wildlife from the region.
The new review does nothing to change that: “Dioxin is still dangerous,” said Dr. Michael Harbut, a Royal Oak-based expert in environmental health. “Most informed physicians and scientists believe it causes cancer and a host of other serious health problems in humans, especially in unborn babies who are the most vulnerable.”
Federal regulators should now complete the reassessment: “The
review paves the way for the EPA to finish its report, which has taken 15 years
already,” said Tracey Easthope of the Ann Arbor-based
Hugh McDiarmid Jr.