I am not aware that the Corps has the legal authority to bind the United States to “address” damages to persons, property, or natural resources should a leakage occur. They likely can address any maintenance or repairs to the project under existing authority, subject to availability of funds. Any agreement along these lines with a private party would contain fairly binding liability provisions or be automatically subject to such provisions by law.
"The Army Corps has committed they are responsible and if there are any leaks, they need to address them," said Robert McCann, a DEQ spokesman. (See the rest below plus URL.)
There’s that word “address” again – can anyone tell me what that means, to “address” something? Is it to shake hands with it, or perhaps deliver a speech to it? Can anyone tell me if that means the slurry pit puts more dioxin into river sediments, the Corps will remove it? Can anyone tell me that if this means more dioxin out into Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron (our Great Lakes), that the Corps will remove that dioxin? Can anyone tell me if that means more dioxin into fish, that the Corps will remove those fish and give us clean fish? Can anyone tell me if that means more people harmed by more dioxin into the fish and onto flood plains and into Saginaw Bay that the Corps will FIX that somehow? How will they DO that? And why isn’t Dow Chemical Company responsible for their dioxin, why is it suddenly ok for the Army Corps of Engineers to be responsible for Dow’s dioxin? Why is any government agency now responsible for Dow’s dioxin?
Is this what Dow wanted all along?
Lt. Gov. John Cherry clears way for Saginaw River dredging spoils site
Posted by alpayne May 01, 2008 11:29AM
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has won the battle over a dredging site to hold 20 years worth of spoils from the Upper Saginaw River.
Under a compromise worked out in a private meeting with Lt. Gov. John Cherry, the state Department of Environmental Quality won't require a slurry wall or groundwater permit for the site, a $5 million clay pit built on the Bay-Saginaw county line in Frankenlust and Zilwaukee townships.
DEQ staffers who reviewed the Corps plans said a slurry wall and permit were needed to keep contaminated groundwater from migrating off the site and back into the Saginaw River.
"This allows the project to go forward."
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