Lone Tree Council
(Fighting for environmental justice since 1978)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 25 th, 2006 Michelle Hurd Riddick, 989-799-3313
Terry Miller, 989-686-6386
Tracey Easthope 734-761-3186 x 109
Kathy Henry 989-695-5348
GROUPS CALL ON MID-MICHIGAN LEGISLATORS TO LIFT THE
Misuse of Federal 1000 ppt Dioxin Level Increases Exposure, Benefits Dow
State representatives should stop misusing a federal 'action level' not designed for setting cleanup standards for the highly toxic chemical dioxin, charged several environmental organizations.
Groups released a letter today from Howard Frumkin,
Director of the
"The ‘Action Level’ was intended to trigger consideration of various public health actions. It was not intended either to define the need for remediation or to serve as a threshold below which there is no public health concern. The appropriate application of the policy guideline is to compare site-specific data to the 50 ppt screening level, not the 1,000 ppt Action Level, to determine the need for further evaluation."
Representatives from the mid
cited in your letter, we understand that certain
"What many elected officials have attempted to do
is absolve Dow Chemical for contaminating an entire region with dangerous
levels of dioxin. Raising the "safe" level to a non-existent federal
level is shameful,” said
"This should put an end to the continued misuse of the ATSDR 'Action Level' by Representative Moolenaar and other legislators who have tried to confuse the public," said Michelle Hurd Riddick of the Lone Tree Council. "This kind of misrepresentation does not serve the public interest. It just means more delays, more exposure, and more risk for the public while we should be moving forward with a real cleanup that is protective of public health. We can't legislate this problem away."
Environmental and community groups that have opposed attempts to weaken that state's protective standard for dioxin in soils include the Lone Tree Council, the Ecology Center, the Michigan Environmental Council, Environment Michigan, the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and Tittabawassee River Watch.
following documents available later today at www.trwnews.net :
The following documents available later today at www.trwnews.net :
to Dr. Frumkin
Letter to Dr. Frumkin
Dr. Frumkin's response
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