Reports during the week of April 25 reported on discovery of massive number of barrels from DDT production found in ocean off Los Angeles. The DDT waste apparently came from Montrose Chemical. There i a link of Montrose to the remediation in St. Louis, Michigan. Not only did St. Louis have massive dumping, in it case in the Pine River, but the contamination of the water table under Los Angeles by pCBSA (para-Chlorobenzene Sulfonic Acid), a byproduct of DDT production, tipped-off US EPA in 2005 to look for pCBSA in the St. Louis Water System. After pCBSA was found it resulted in a successful lawsuit to secure funds from the insurance of Fruit of the Loom and Velsicol for costs f a new water system. Here is a link to one of the stories about dumping n the Pacific: Scientist: Extent of DDT dumping in Pacific is ‘staggering’ (apnews.com)
April 28, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) . The “father” of OSHA was Tony Mazzocchi, then of the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers Union (OCAW – later merged with the Steel Workers). Mazzocchi helped the local OCAW (the union of the workers at Michigan Chemical) in St. Louis, Michigan confront the worker health issue from the company – especially PBB exposures after the PBB accident. The union calls April 28, Worker’s Memorial Day.
Maighdlin (Maggie) Patterson a graduating senior at Alma College, who has helped Emory University at PBB screenings over the last three years, has won the college’s top academic award. Maggie has worked with the PBB team at screenings in places like Cadillac, Lansing and St. Johns. Here is a story about her award: Alma College student winner leads by example | News | themorningsun.com
Environmental Health News carried this summary of new findings about the intergenerational impacts of DDT exposure. This news is especially relevant to the Pine River community both because Michigan Chemical/Velsicol was a major producer of DDT but also because the firm carelessly dumped large quantities into the regional environment. Former workers at Michigan Chemical/Velsicol, their families and residents f the region should be concerned with this news. See this summary: Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure – EHN
PROGRAM: CAG Member JoAnne Scalf will give a presentation on the health mapping project which she began several years ago. The project tracks health problems of people who lived or who now live near the Superfund Site in St. Louis.
EPA Report: Tom Alcamo, Remedial Project Manager
EGLE Report: Erik Martinson, Project Manager
PBB Leadership Team (related to Emory University PBB health studies) Update
Website redesign and
CMU class in public history
NEW BUSINESS: Tomorrow (Thursday, March 18 – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) forum on Superfund financing and need for more stable funding source.
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Here is a new story in the local press about the state PBB website. This is an important step forward in providing information to those concerned about the human health consequences of exposure to PBB.
Predictably, during the Year of COVID, paid memberships have dropped in the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force.
We are now beginning our 22nd year of volunteer efforts to get human health follow-up and the best clean up possible for St. Louis and the entire Pine River watershed contaminated
with chemical waste from the former Michigan Chemical Corp./Velsicol Chemical Corp. Your help – especially joining the Task Force – is appreciated.
Please send your 2021 yearly dues ($5) to:
Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force
P.O. Box 172
Saint Louis, Michigan 48880
We are happy to accept additional donations to the cause, as well!
Emma Selmon wrote a story for the January 14, 2021 edition of The Gratiot County Herald about the new PBB Website established by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS). Below is a link to the story.