Contact

Public Touring Velsicol Superfund Site with USEPA 2019

We welcome your questions and especially are glad to have you join us in our work. The Task Force can be reached by email, phone or U.S. Mail.

Our mailing address is Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, P.O. Box 172, St. Louis, MI 48880

If you need to reach us by email use lorenz@alma.edu

If you need to phone, call Ed Lorenz at (989) 463-6170

Typical Task Force Meeting at St. Louis City Hall

We have public meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. During the Covid-19 pandemic, all our meetings are on ZOOM at our regular meeting time and day (7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month). Once the pandemic ends, we will return to meeting at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday, each month, at St. Louis, MI City Hall (300 North Mill St., St. Louis MI 48880). To get Zoom log-in information, contact the Task Force Chair, Jane Keon at Jkeon@charter.net

Typical Emory Univ. PBB Registry Public Meeting (Lansing 2019)

The Michigan PBB Registry and human health concerns: The Registry is a partnership between the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force, the PBB Citizens Advisory Board, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Alma College, Central Michigan University, and Emory University. 

In the 1970’s, the Michigan Chemical Company made two products at the same plant: polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), a fire-retardant chemical used in the manufacture of electrical appliances, and magnesium oxide, a nutritional supplement for livestock feed. In 1973, the company shipped PBB instead of the nutritional supplement to feed mills. The PBB was mixed into livestock feed and consumed by cattle, pigs, and chickens across the Michigan. Contaminated milk, beef, and other farm products were sold throughout the state until the mix-up was discovered about a year later. People across the state of Michigan were exposed to PBB by eating contaminated food. This includes children born years later who may have been exposed in the womb and through breastfeeding. 

To study the possible long-term health effects related to PBB exposure, Michigan residents joined The Michigan PBB Registry established in 1976 by the Michigan Department of Public Health (now the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services or MDHHS). In 2011, state health department was no longer able to maintain the registry and transferred it to Emory University, under the direction of Michele Marcus, Ph.D. All original study participants and their children and grandchildren are considered to be members of the registry. Individuals who have not done so must provide consent to transfer their PBB records from MDHHS to Emory University. By transferring your health records to Emory University, you will receive up-to-date information on study findings and will have opportunities to guide future research priorities.

How to contact the PBB Registry? To contact The Registry go to (pbbregistry@emory.edu). If you wish to transfer your old registry records from the state to Emory University, complete the on-line Consent to Transfer Records Form.

Funding for this research has been provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.