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Re: E-M:/ Was PCB pollution LEGAL in the past?

 According to the  Bi-National Partnership Action Plan dioxins are declining in Lake Huron with the exception of Saginaw Bay. In addition concentrations of dioxins still remain at levels associated with deformities and reproductive effects in bird populations especially in the Saginaw Bay.



The Saginaw river is the conduit by which  those dioxins are entering our nearest Great Lake.


Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council

In a message dated 11/28/2007 10:17:51 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, gehenry@chartermi.net writes:
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:

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