Toxic Mid Michigan
Please read the information at this link, as I could only take snippets. The link provides much more detail as to how bad this really is.
1960’s: During the 1950s and 1960s Michigan Chemical Corporation grew into a complex of buildings and storages tanks that sprawled across the
west side of the St. Louis peninsula. The company expanded out to Washington Street (M-46) and continued to pump millions of dollars into the
1970’s: By 1970, one of Velsicol Chemical Company’s significant products was a fire retardant labeled Firemaster. It contained a chemical
compound called PBB – not to be consumed by man or beast. The company also produced Nutrimaster, a supplemental cattle feed. In 1973 a tragic
mix-up occurred in the company’s shipping department that resulted in wide-spread concern for the health of citizens throughout the state.
1980’s: In 1982, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a deal with Velsicol. The company would pay $38 million and be absolved of future
responsibility for the chemical contamination in St. Louis. The settlement was regarded as a very favorable one by the DNR.
Here is a list of Brownfields. Properties in St. Louis still contaminated. (At least the ones they will admit to.)
Here is a link to a more recent article, discussing the problem is still on going.
Now, why have I brought you all of this, besides the obvious environmental nightmare that it is?
Because this affects me directly.
My family is from St. Louis. All the way back to my Great Grandparents. This is both sides of my family.
My Grandfather on my mother’s side died from cancer. He lived in the town, and worked at the chemical factory for a short time.
My Father and his Father, both died of cancer.
I still have many family members that live in this town.
My mother has several health problems and is concerned about us girls. She told me about a man she went to school with, that is big in environmental
study, that has looked into this extensively. There is even a facebook page devoted to first hand stories which unfortunately is apparently locked to
the general public, but mom is a “member.”
The things she has told me so far, are just unfathomable. The number of people that have either died of cancer, or have been diagnosed with it is
The big slap in the slap in the face? The company was absolved of future responsibility.
None of these people, or families, can sue. There is no one left to be held accountable for the many, many deaths, attributed to cancer, caused by
known toxic chemicals.
It boggles the mind to think that this could have happened in such a small, quaint community. And it really brings it home that since it did, how
many other small communities are suffering the same fate, with no one taking responsibility?
And this is hearsay, but something to think about:
My mom told me that someone from Sparrow Hospital, (Lansing) told her that at one time, 80% of the cancer patients that they treated were from Gratiot
county. The county St. Louis is in.
edit on 17-1-2013 by chiefsmom because: links