from GEORGE CLAXTON, past National Chair,
Vietnam Veterans of America Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee
Recently, DOW Chemical received an extension on enforcement of dioxin clean up in the area around Midland, Michigan.
The dioxin polluted area around Midland may be in more serious trouble than prople may realize. In December, 2009 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deceided that 2,3,4,7,8 Pentachloro -dibenzo-furan and PCB 126 were "human carcinogens" just like dioxin was in 1997. This was published in the journal LANCET ONCOLOGY.
There are, at least, three pollutants in the Midland, Michigan area which are now human carcinogens. Simply imagine what kind of injury they can have when combined together. ALL OF THE CLEAN UP SHOULD BE DONE IMMEADIATELY.
Dioxin Contamination Issues in Midland
Questions and Concerns of the Midland Community
Prior to the May 26, 2004, Community Meeting on Dioxin, Midland citizens were invited to submit their questions and concerns to the City of Midland regarding the dioxin issue in our community. Many of the hundreds of questions and concerns received were provided to the panelists who attended the meeting. These questions and concerns were used by the panelists to develop presentations for the first half of the Community Meeting. In addition, questions and answers from the community and audience members were addressed in a follow-up Q&A session during the second half of the meeting.
Following the Community Meeting, City staff compiled and categorized the questions and concerns received from Midland citizens. Because so many of the questions and concerns were similar, 15 main questions were developed from the hundreds that the City received. These 15 questions summarize and address the primary concerns of Midland citizens.
The answers provided below stem from information provided by the MDEQ, Dow, the Midland County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Community Health, City of Midland officials and the City's toxicology and legal consultants.
There was a study on the Midland area. The title was "Spatial variations in the incidence of breast cancer and potential risks associated with soil dioxin contamination in Midland, Saginaw, and Bay counties, Michigan, USA". The authors were Dajun Dai and Tonny J Oyana. The study was published in the journal "Environmental Health 2008, 7:49"
The conclusion of the study stated "These findings suggest that increased breast cancer incidences are spatially associated with soil dioxin contamination".