Great Lakes Dioxin comes home to roost

Posted on November 16, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The disclosure of the highest dioxin levels ever in the Great Lakes should come as no surprise; the only surprise is that the disclosure comes 20 or more years after Dow Chemical Company contributed the bulk of its chemical offal to the Saginaw River system. Had the company come clean in the 70s and 80s, this problem would not be posing health risks to fisheaters and generating rotten PR for Dow today. But a consistent corporate strategy of delay and deny has simply postponed the day of reckoning.

The “good guys” on this one are the folks at Region V, EPA, who have cut through years of happy talk between Michigan’s DEQ and Dow to get some cleanup going.



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