Editor’s note: I posted this letter to Ed Tullock, at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, and Philip Cernera, at the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, on January 24, 2003.
COMMENT ON THE ADDENDUM TO THE LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN
Dear Messrs. Tulloch and Cernera:
The introduction to the proposed draft Addendum to the Lake Management Plan (A-LMP) offers a series of five recent changes in the situation of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Coeur d’Alene Basin that, in turn, are employed as wouldbe justifications for the need for the Addendum‘s creation.
The third of these five wouldbe justifications is titled ” Superfund Basin wide RI/FS” and begins with the following two sentences:
In 1996, a human health blood lead study was conducted by the State of Idaho. This study indicated that a significant percent of children tested in the Basin, outside the current 21 square mile Bunker Hill Superfund site had elevated blood lead concentrations.
I will focus my comment almost exclusively on these two sentences, referring to them hereinafter as “the quotation.” Continue reading