Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oferfux Sake

Operations at Dow’s Midland [Michigan] plant have spread dioxin — a highly toxic and cancer-causing byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process — and other chemicals, through the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers and into Lake Huron. Flooding of the rivers downstream from Dow has deposited dioxin-laden sediments on properties in the floodplain.

Sampling of floodplain properties has revealed dioxin contamination at levels thousands of times higher than allowed by Michigan and prompted state health officials to warn residents to keep children from playing in dirt near their homes, to wear masks while mowing their lawns, to avoid eating fish and livestock raised in the floodplain and to take other precautions.

  Washington Independent

But the Michigan Supreme Court refuses to allow a group of 150 residents to file a class action suit because Dow has argued that the amount of contamination on their properties varies from landowner to landowner, and therefore they do not have enough in common to sue as a class. Decision based off a recent Wal-Mart case where that giant boil on the ass of humanity successfully rebuffed a potential discrimination class action suit because the would-be plaintiffs were not all discriminated against in the same way.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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