|Image courtesy of Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, as shown in article by Jacob Silverman, "How Agent Orange Worked"|
"I've lived in Michigan for my entire life. If you were to drive to my state, you'd instantly know when you had passed the border and entered - because of the stench of factories. Whether you're coming from Canada, Indiana or Ohio, it is unmistakable and assaulting to the senses.Within the state itself, you can travel blindfolded (hopefully as passenger and not driver) and determine where you are in relation to the varying odors.
I've personally lived in several locations throughout Michigan, from Manistique and Rapid River in the Upper Peninsula; to Eastport (walking distance between Torch Lake and Lake Michigan in northwest lower Michigan) and Gaylord (about 50 miles south of the Mackinaw bridge), and along an imaginary line in various cities and towns spanning from right to left in the Lower Peninsula (from east of Saginaw and Pontiac areas sweeping left through Lansing and now living near Grand Rapids). Inevitably, when you pass through (or NEAR) Alma and Midland, there is an awful smell of factories and pollution. This is where Dow Chemical is located.
Even though Dow's website shows images of "Earth-friendly" intentions, it has been in operation for well over one hundred years and is one of the leading polluters within our state. Every spring, Dow sponsors an annual fishing-for-walleye tournament on the same river that flows past its' expansive world headquarters. The fish, however, are laced with cancer-causing dioxins so you'll find warning signs along the Tittabawassee River (a vast river valley that runs more than 50 miles into the Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron) instructing anglers "not to eat the fish".
An excerpt from the article, "Dursban in Your Water?" warns ALL United States residents to be concerned about the pollution from Dow:,
Don't think you're safe if you don't live in Michigan. Their environmental record impacts all the U.S. in their releasing more than 14 million pounds of toxins per year into American air. Dow has also been linked to 96 of the United States' worst toxic waste dumps. Dow is one of the top ten parties potentially responsible for Superfund toxic sites, and like the rest of the defendants associated with the Superfund, is continuing attempts to avoid payments and clean up.
In July, 2011, Dow was found to be responsible for water pollution in Louisiana.
The cleanup efforts (if Dow finally takes measures to tackle the pollution they've caused), may be "too little, too late". On March 12, 2012, Dow announced a Dioxin Chemical Cleanup Plan for Michigan. Whether or not they follow through (this time) and how effective the findings and execution of cleanup will be, is yet to be seen."
Earth Day ~ Every Day Week Four:
Preserving and Boosting Forestry Resources
March 25-31, 2012
This week's assignment is simple: Explore ways you and your family can help to preserve our forests and natural wildlife habitats, then blog about several things you have learned, intend to implement, or are implementing in your own home (or within your community) in relation to these topics. When you are finished, simply add the link to your Week Four post in the Comments Section of this post.
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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.