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Anyone Want To Go For A Swim?

by gwolinetz on November 26th, 2007

I know I’m on an environmental jag lately, but I just can’t help myself.

From Wired:

A find of dioxin at the bottom of the Saginaw River could be the highest level of such contamination ever discovered in the nation’s rivers and lakes, according to a federal scientist involved in cleanup efforts downstream from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

A crew testing the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers discovered the sample, which measured 1.6 million parts of dioxin per trillion of water, The Saginaw News and The Detroit News reported last week. That level is about 20 times higher than any other find recorded in the EPA archives.

In there article, there’s an outstanding quote from Dow Chemical’s spokesman, John Musser. He says, “We don’t believe there’s any imminent or significant human health or environmental threat.” This demonstrates two things to me:

1) Corporations feel like they can do whatever the fuck they want with ZERO repercussions of any kind from the federal government.

2) Dow Chemical has once again missed the point. It may not have a direct effect, but it certainly will have an effect. And we won’t know the depth and breadth of that effect for some time, like say until the fish that feed in that riverbed are consumed by people.

It’s getting pretty depressing reading this shit every single day.

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