Tuesday, May 26, 2009

EPA Announces Dioxin Review, Plans for Dow Cleanup

EPA Announces Dioxin Review, Plans for Dow Cleanup
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Published: May 26, 2009
Filed at 2:46 p.m. ET

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The federal government is taking another look at the long-debated question of how chemicals called dioxins affect human health and the environment.

Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson announced the move Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

The EPA's 2003 assessment of dioxins' health effects drew criticism from the National Academies of Science, which said the agency didn't sufficiently justify assumptions it used to evaluate risks.

Jackson also says the agency plans a new strategy for cleaning a dioxin-contaminated Lake Huron watershed, which extends 50 miles from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland to Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay.

Dow has acknowledged responsibility for the pollution.

EPA Announces Dioxin Review, Plans for Dow Cleanup


I am not real smart but the Institute of Medicine which is part of the NAS, has stated that Agent Orange which is one of the dioxin related chemicals from Vietnam, has been stating for decades that AO is not that bad, so which one is it, is it dangerous or isn't it? Of course it is, but you can't TELL the veterans, we might have to pay them.

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