It may have been legal to discharge into the river back then, but it has
never been legal to poison an entire watershed. I think I heard Dave
Dempsey say that a while ago and it is something I never forgot.
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I'm getting flack from some Republican sport fishers that are
fighting the dioxin sediment cleanup of the Saginaw River system. They
are still chanting "out-of-sight-out-of-mind" don't disturb the sediment
argument, don't punish Dow for the past, and the cleanup of Dow
sediment is not worth the money. They use the same argument for the
cleanup of the PCBs such as in the Kalamazoo River. If it is Dow
Chemical dioxins or paper mills PCBs it's much the same debate to me.
I passed this link from Wisconsin on to them.
We often hear people say, “It’s not fair to make the paper industry pay
to clean up the PCBs in the Fox River and Green Bay. The companies
didn’t break any laws and it was legal at the time to discharge PCBs.” This
has been said so many times, many people believe it’s true. But it’s not true,
for several reasons: