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E-M:/ Most Under-Reported Environmental Story of 2007

I too would like to nominate the Midland/Saginaw dioxin problem as one of the most important and by far the MOST UNDER-REPORTED environmental story in Michigan, let alone the US.


The Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers in Michigan have the highest concentration of dioxin every found in the US.  According to the Chicago Tribune, November 26, 2007 River's dioxin level may be EPA record-high

A find of dioxin at the bottom of the Saginaw River could be the highest level of such contamination ever discovered in the nation's rivers and lakes, according to a federal scientist involved in cleanup efforts downstream from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland. ..about 20 times higher than any other find recorded in the EPA archives.



Recall 20 year ago, the Love Canal NY area was evacuated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal

Also, Times Beach, Missouri was a small town of 2240 residents near St. Louis. It was completely leveled in the mid-1980s due to a dioxin scare.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Beach,_Missouri


Both of these stories, it seems, were carried in the national press and television almost every day. President Carter, the EPA, federal, state and local politicians took action – and these two towns had much less dioxin than here. However, the Michigan dioxin problem has received little national media, political – and, health tracking attention. (The Detroit Free Press and a few other Michigan newspapers report on this story.  http://www.trwnews.org/newspape.htm )


The biggest travesty in this under-reported story is the health problems experienced by Midland and Saginaw residents. According to one very informed resident, “A Midland County medical director stated that Midland has one of, if not the highest rate of diabetes in the country. There has never been a health study here to investigate such claims, but I have heard at least 100 anecdotal stories from area residents over the years of incredible health problems. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and prostate cancer…and very rare ones as well.” Many young people have been stricken.


Perhaps an investigative reporter (health official or politician) could look into the medical side of this story and also the foot dragging to resolve this environmental disaster. (I have also taken the liberty to forward this email to many national media sites.)


See Tittabawassee River Watch site  http://www.trwnews.org/ for details.


Have a healthy New Years,  frank


Frank Zaski

Franklin. Mi.

248 855 5018

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