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
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.
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
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