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Memories of Marion (Dawson) Gunderson on Being a Young Mom Fighting Pollution


Marion (Dawson) Gunderson now lives in North Carolina.  She lived in the White Lake area in the 1970s and 1980s.  A young mother of a toddler son, she became concerned about chemical smells in the air and set out to find out more about this and how it might affect her family and community.  She developed and used an informal survey for her neighbors and determined that the odors came from the Hooker Chemical Company.  She brought  her concerns about air pollution to state environmental officials, and this along with other local efforts, was instrumental in bringing local pollution issues to light and ultimately getting cleanups underway.

Listen to Marion’s interview

It was done via Skype, so you may need to adjust the volume for best listening.

Her interview, along with the others completed to date, helps to “paint a picture” of the 1970s and 1980s.  One conclusion I am drawing is that it didn’t take a huge number of people to make a difference.  A small group of people with diverse backgrounds and talents rose to the occasion to alert the community to the hazards of industrial pollution, so it could be addressed properly. I am thankful to all of them.

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  1. April 27, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Marian Gunderson’s interview (and her appearance as formerly Marian Dawson in the film “The Tragedy of White Lake”)–how fascinating that one person, mother of an infant at the time, could reveal Hooker Chemical Company’s misdeeds by her gumption and persistence! I am so grateful that she was willing to be interviewed over 30 years later for this project!

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