This is the official website for the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force (PRSCTF), simply called Task Force on this site. We are a non-profit organization established in 1998 to provide advice to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its effort to remediate three U.S. Superfund sites in the Pine River Watershed in the middle of Michigan’s lower peninsula. At the time of our incorporation we made the decision not to become solely focused on one site of the three Superfund sites or even on Superfund issues themselves, but to try to achieve restoration of the regions environmental health and confront human health issues arising from the region’s contamination.
Purpose of this Website: This website exists for two reasons:
FIRST: To provide a central location for information to inform the public of the environmental and human health remediation work in the region and the lessons [see Lessons Page] we need to learn from our experiences; and
SECOND: To invite people, especially youth and young adults, and anyone of any age not previously involved with our work to join with us and support us.
We always need and welcome new members, new questions, and new volunteers. We hope information on this site encourages you to become involved. The Structure of the Website is as follows:
Home – Features recent news stories about our work and contact information for press questions.
Welcome – You are here as you read this. As you can see, our welcome page has a general overview of our site’s other pages. Plus, we want to emphasize, we are glad to have you visit !
About – Specifies the two broad categories of our ‘Mission,’ identifies our membership and
leadership, including our by-laws and contains minutes of our monthly meetings and monthly financial reports and general descriptions of our funding sources. The information here is part of our commitment to being fully open and ‘transparent’ about how we go about our work.
Our Work: Provides an overview of the communities in which we work, our partners in higher education and in the effort to assess human health consequences of exposures to the region’s contaminants. Sub-files under this heading identify elected officials and our public agency partner; the private businesses related to contamination or clean-up; and private media; and our college and university partners.
Time Line – following a chronological approach, this tab allows you to review key events and related primary source documents and images.
Resources – We have a brief list of books specifically tied to the watershed’s problems, some films on the PBB accident, and especially for young adults, their parents and teachers some books and helpful sources. Teachers, parents nd young people might also want to check out our separate Lessons page. We also have short descriptions and definitions of the Names and Terms related to our work.
LESSONS – Here we briefly summarize the ‘lessons’ that members of the public, especially younger people should take from our experience. We have emphasized three (3) MAJOR LESSONS related to the Precautionary Principle, Environmental Economics and what we call Willful Disregard
Get Involved – Provides contact information to get involved, if you have questions, or if you need help. It has information on our monthly public meetings (currently conducted on Zoom, but normally in person) and how to get involved in the PBB exposure health studies. If for would like to tell your PBB story, you can contact the PBB Oral History Project administered with the support of the Task Force. See the separate page under the Get Involved heading for more information on the PBB Oral History Project.
Store – This part of our site is “under construction,” but we always have T-shirts for sale that promote our work. We hope to include here registrations for events and collect donations, as well as membership registration forms ($5 / year for individuals AND FAMILIES).