Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Our Mildand and Saginaw County Friends Need Help Now

When members of the Lone Tree Council came to our October meeting in Mt. Pleasant they gave us a memorable introduction into the power of Dow Chemical and introduced us to their long battle to hold the Fortune 100 company accountable for the dioxin mess it has created along the Tittabawassee River.

Republicans in the state legislature are working hard to push a particualrly odious law through the legislature, HB 4617, that would prevent the state from designating properties as potentially contaminated.

The bill cleverly attempts to divide property owners along the river and minimize or eliminate the need for Dow Chemical to pay for the mess it has made over many decades by contaminating the river with dioxins. Dow's lobbyists have been working behind the scenes to put a clever name on the bill and to get wording put in the law that would tie the hands of state clean water regulators and essentially postpone or eliminate what could be a liability that reaches into the tens of millions of dollars.

Taxpayers could well be stuck with the cost of cleaning up the mess.
Wall Street is watching this one closely and the outcome will have a direct impact on Dow's stock price that could drop like a rock if Dow has to clean up its own mess.

The Michigan Public Interest Research Group, has entered the fray and is asking us to sign up and let our legislators know of our opposition to HB 4617. You can sign up here to oppose HB 4617

For more details about the HB 4617 you can go to the Current News on the Tittabawassee River Watch web site where the latest details of the battle are there for your viewing. Take a few minutes and help our friends to the east. If the Chippewa River flowed the other way we would be dealing with the Dow dioxin mess ourselves.

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