We wrote last month about the EPA’s regional administrator for Region 5 being forced to resign. It’s now significant that two United States Senators are looking into the matter. Ms. Gade has linked her forced resignation to her efforts to get the Dow Chemical Company to “clean up their mess.” Dow has admitted to dumping massive amounts of dioxin, believed to cause cancer and disrupt immune and reproductive systems, throughout most of the last century ending in the mid-1980s. The toxin has contaminated rivers and wetlands around Dow’s Midland, Michigan headquarters including the Saginaw River and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. However, the company has still not provided a plan for the cleanup.
Senators Barbara Boxer, (D-CA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have asked whether the White House or Dow Chemical were involved in any discussions surrounding Ms. Gade’s departure. Dow has denied any involvement and the EPA states it will respond appropriately to the request for a “full explanation of the circumstances”. The Senators’ involvement in this matter is certainly a good sign. Most Americans – regardless of how they feel about the environment – are greatly concerned over the Bush Administration’s policy of protecting large corporations when they do bad things. When a person like Mary Gade – who is in a position to do good – is punished for her efforts, that is wrong. That person must be protected. Also, those who participated in the efforts to get rid of her should be exposed and punished.
Source: Boston Globe
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