Please sign online petition
Be a voice for Lake Huron and the Saginaw Bay Watershed
Dear E-mich and Great Lakes Supporter,
Dow Chemical, responsible for the worst dioxin contamination in the Great Lakes, continues to thumb their nose at residents of the watershed and the state, ignoring their legal ( RCRA) obligations while shopping around for a better deal with EPA headquarters.
The Saginaw Bay is the largest watershed in Michigan. More than 50 miles of its rivers that empty into Lake Huron are threatened by dioxin and other highly hazardous chemicals. Federal and state laws require Dow Chemical Company, the responsible party, to clean up the contamination. However, pressure to resolve this issue behind closed doors is mounting. Public participation in an open transparent process is the best way to assure cleanup will be comprehensive and will restore the region to health.
Preserving and protecting the Great Lakes is the public trust responsibility of every elected representative. The Great Lakes region, its ecosystems, its economy and future generations also depend on citizens acting to protect our water resources. Please sign the petition below urging a comprehensive cleanup and an open, transparent public process in addressing this ongoing threat to Lake Huron.
If your a fan of the Great Lakes and of Michigan watersheds please go to the link below and lend your name in support of an open transparent process for cleanup of Dow Chemical's dioxin contamination in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. The following environmental organizations, citizen groups, organizations and religious orders have signed on:
Lone Tree Council
Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
Clean Water Action Michigan
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center National Wildlife Federation
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Dominican Sisters of Hope
New York, Mercy Investment Program, U.S., Sisters of Mercy
Regional Community of Detroit, Michigan
Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk-U.S. Province New York
Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination
Trillium Asset Management Corporation
Michigan Environmental Council
Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet
CATS (Residents on the Saginaw River)
Huron Environmental Activist League (HEAL)
Tittabawassee River Watch ( residents on the Tittabawassee River)
Congregation of St. Joseph, Office of Peace and Justice
National Environmental Law Center
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
Lone Tree Council
P.O. 1251, Bay City, Michigan 48706
(Fighting for environmental justice since 1978)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle Hurd Riddick (989) 799-3313
Terry Miller 989-686-6386
April 23, 2008 Cell: 989-450-8097
Rita Jack 517-484-2372 x12
PETITION EFFORT SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR DIOXIN CLEANUP OF MICHIGAN’S LARGEST GREAT LAKES WATERSHED
Plus Community Activists Share Cleanup Hopes with trip to Washington
The cleanup of Michigan’s largest Great Lakes Watershed will bring jobs and a brighter future for Michigan’s economy, and will benefit everyone who visits the Saginaw Bay Watershed and Lake Huron. An online petition is being used to gather signatures of as many of the millions of Great Lakes fans as possible – the simple message is that all of them support public participation in an open transparent process as the best way to assure a comprehensive cleanup of Dow Chemical’s dioxin to restore the entire region to health.
“We believe it is the duty of elected state lawmakers to uphold the public trust and protect and restore the Great Lakes to health,” states the petition. “Our economy, our public health, and our future depend on the exercise of this solemn obligation.”
Leaders of the Lone Tree Council, along with members of the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Clean Water Action and the League of Conservation Voters traveled to Washington D.C. on February 26th for a meeting with top officials at the United States Environmental Protection Agency after learning of Dow’s request for a meeting with the agency.
“We were concerned that, as in the past, Dow Chemical was trying to slip behind closed doors to ask for a deal to avoid a cleanup of their dioxin,” Michelle Hurd-Riddick said. “So we decided to go to Washington, too, and make sure EPA knows there’s more than one stakeholder in this cleanup effort.” The groups met with Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine, head of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and Superfund. At that meeting, Bodine confirmed the cleanup plan would not be altered. “Ms. Bodine told us that the Michigan DEQ will maintain the lead on corrective action cleanup, and EPA Region V will also be there,” said Riddick, “and that was very good to hear.”
To show there is support from the Great Lakes community for comprehensive cleanup of the dioxin in the watershed, the groups are asking Great Lakes fans to sign an online petition modeled after the position paper left with EPA, Assistant Administrator, Susan Bodine. Major community and environmental advocacy organizations have already signed on including the 70-member Michigan Environmental Council, but the groups want to show there is a larger audience.
“This is the largest watershed in the state, and the dioxin contamination is a Great Lakes Water Quality issue,” said Sierra Club’s Rita Jack, “the petition is to show the public is aware, and they want their elected officials to be vigilant, and to watchdog this whole process.”
The groups are collecting signatures on a website set up by the Ecology Center and available at http://www.ecocenter.org/takeaction/dowpetition.php They will deliver the signatures to legislators and the governor in the near future. “We know there is support for a cleanup, this petition gives us a way to show that,” said Lone Tree Council Chairman, Terry Miller.
Go to www.trwnews.net to connect to the petition link
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