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E-M:/ New York Times on dioxin and Fish

New York Times
March 29 th 1983
Concern that a staple of Passover, gefilte fish, might contain Lake Huron carp tainted with the toxic dioxin prompted hundreds of inquiries yesterday from consumers, distributors and retailers in the New York metropolitan area.

SNIP: Saginaw Bay, on Michigan's eastern shoreline, is fed by two rivers into which the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., pours 64 million gallons of waste water daily, according to officials of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. 13,500 Pounds of Carp Refused

Reacting to yesterday's reports, the Max Messing Fish Company and R.J. Cornelius, two Fulton Fish Market wholesalers who handle virtually all of the fresh carp shipped to New York, declined yesterday to accept shipments of carp totaling 13,500 pounds from Richard Beardsley of Standish, Mich., according to Mr. Beardsley.

E-Michers: Again this was 1983 New York Times. Twenty five years later EPA reports:

US EPA March 2006

Introduction, the Lake Huron Basin, paragraph 3:  The causes of the impairments associated with the dioxin and dibenzofuran (D/F) contamination in the Saginaw Bay AOC remain unaddressed.  The Dow Midland facility was a known source of D/F contamination throughout much of the 20th century.  The presence D/F contamination has been documented in the sediments and 100-year floodplain soils downstream of Midland in the Titabawassee & Saginaw River Systems (TSRS), as well as the sediments in Saginaw Bay.  The TSRS D/F contamination was distributed by the hydraulic forces within the TSRS.  These hydraulic forces continue unabated, moving D/F contamination through the TSRS and into Saginaw Bay.  Characterization to date of the extent and intensity of the D/F contamination throughout the 40 plus river miles of sediment and 100-year floodplain soils is very preliminary.  Despite data limitations, known D/F concentrations in the TSRS exceed 24 ppb TEQ.  Measured D/F concentrations in the sediments of Saginaw Bay exceed 200 ppt TEQ.  The indigenous fish and wildlife in the TSRS are known to be contaminated with D/F concentrations significantly above health-based levels (e.g., D/F fish concentrations exceeding of 80 ppt TEQ).  Given the ongoing migration of D/F contamination from the TSRS into Saginaw Bay, the D/F concentrations in the fish of Saginaw Bay fish should be evaluated.  As noted in the action plan, “fish are excellent indicators of pollutants in the aquatic ecosystem.”



Michelle Hurd Riddick

Lone Tree Council



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