itself is in mourning - its wilderness pastures are dried up. For they all do
evil and abuse what power they have." - Jeremiah 23:10
"The history of life on Earth has been a history of interaction
between living things and their surroundings.
To a large extent, the
physical form and the habits of the Earth's vegetation and it's animals life
have been molded by the environment.
Considering the whole span of
earthly time, the opposite effect, in which life actually modifies it's
surroundings, has been relatively slight.
Only within the moment of time
represented by the present century has one species - mankind - acquired
significant power to alter nature on the Earth.
It took hundreds of
millions of years to produce the life that now inhabits the Earth - eons of
time in which that developing and evolving and diversifying life reached a
state of adjustment and balance with its surroundings.
The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment
is the contamination of the air, earth and water with dangerous and lethally
Given time - time not in years
but in millennia - life adjusts and a balance has been reached.
is the essential ingredient, but on this modern Earth there is no time." -
ideal market economy the
price of a product as reflected by the demands of buyers and sellers in a
free market would represent
the best possible allocation of resources. In reality, many economic exchanges
create "spillover effects" or "externalities" which impose costs on people who
are not parties to the transaction. The number and seriousness of these
"externalities" has risen remarkably in the second part of this century. They
include not only localized externalities - toxic substances from industrial
manufacturing that leech into public water supplies - but also pervasive
externalities such as acid rain, ozone depletion, dead zones, desertification,
CO2 buildup and nuclear waste." - Don Mayer
"Quite simply, our planet is hospitable to us
because, like every other denizen of this planet, we evolved here and have thus
become adapted by Natural Selection to Earth's conditions. Humans are extremely
versatile, and although we seem to think that we can exist outside the laws of
nature, we cannot." - Eric R. Pianka
"There is an unbreakable link between human
well-being and the health of the Earth"- Walter Reid
"European countries have taken a
proactive stance in an attempt to cleanse their societies of the
toxicological deluge of the last 50
years. The US, unfortunately, has chosen to do the
protecting chemical companies rather
than humans from the thousands of
untested compounds we encounter on a daily basis. The average American (fetus,
child and adult) has over 87 known man-made
toxins in his or her tissues,
interacting in unknown ways in a myriad of combinations. Despite this
fact, the federal government rejects
the precautionary stance as
expensive and unnecessary 'myth'. Like the other examples of federal government
assault on sound science over the last six years, this risk based assessment is
pure bunk." -Arthur Strauss
"All members of the two most popular classes of lipid-lowering drugs
(the fibrates and the statins) cause cancer in rodents, in some cases at levels
of animal exposure close to those prescribed to humans." - Journal of the
American Medical Association, January 3, 1996
"When DuPont tells you that they bring
"Better Living through Chemistry," they don't tell you that it's only
for 100 years, then the entire planet dies for
their profit."- Jack
"We contaminated the environment sufficiently
that there are measureable amounts of potentially toxic substances in humans -
both children and adults. We have fouled our own nest."- Dr. Jerome A. Paulson,
Pediatrics George Washington University School of Medicine and Health
Sperm counts of males in countries that have engaged in the
extensive use of hormone disrupting chemicals has dropped drastically in the
last few years.
A dramatic increase in hermaphrodites, increasing
exponentially when DDT and other chlorinated compounds went into widespread
use, has occured within the last 150 years.
Frogs with both
male and female
reproductive organs were rare in the
19th and early
20th centuries but became common during the
1950s, when the largest volumes of the chlorinated compound oils were used.
Pesticides and industrial oils can alter the sex
hormones of mammals, fish and amphibians . The ability of certain oils,
endocrine disruptors, to mimic or block estrogen and testosterone, which are
key in sexual organ development and reproduction, is considered one of the most
disturbing descoveries of environmental science. This is the reason that
George Walker Bush
shuttered the EPA libraries.
"I found it alarming to read a
story premised on the idea that
cultural shifts were the only cause of
population change. Since 1960, we have introduced thousands of new oil into our
environment and done many other things that are inimical to life and
reproduction. It is disingenuous to look
at just a few sociological causes and to
ignore what we have done to the Earth." - Joe Shea, commented on the sperm
count reduction of men in developed countries.
polytetrafluoroethylene, perfluorooctanoic acid, PFOA,
C81938 PTFE is discovered
serendipitously by DuPont chemist, Roy Plunkett, who foinds that a tank of
gaseous tetrafluoroethylene (CF2=CF2) had polymerized to a white powder.
PFOA is an essential ingredient in the making of
stick-resistant Teflon, which is used in cook-ware, clothing, bedding and an
array of other household products.
PFOA was present in the blood of
nearly all the 1,500 people tested in the US, including young children.
Perfluorooctanoic acid is transferred to fetuses in the womb. Animal tests have
shown that high doses of the PFOA causes liver cancer, immune
suppression and developmental
disorders. PFOA exposure may increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels in
Toxicologists have reported that levels found in some children
are as high as those found in chemical plant workers and approach those that
problems in rats.
in the environment indefinitly and has been found in the blood of polar bears.
1951 DuPont has developed applications for
Teflon in commercial bread and cookie-making; however the company avoides the
market for consumer cookware due to potential problems associated with release
of toxic gases if stove-top pans are overheated in inadequately ventilated
spaces. The pyrolysis of PTFE, detectable at 200 °C (392 °F), evolves
several fluorocarbon gases and a sublimate. A study documented birds having
been killed by these decomposition products at 202 °C (396 °F), with
unconfirmed reports of bird deaths as a
result of non-stick cookware heated to as little as 163 °C (325 °F).
Meat is usually fried between 204 and 232 °C (399 and 450
When pans are overheated beyond approximately 350 °C (660
°F) the PTFE coating begins to dissociate, releasing byproducts (PFOA)
which can cause polymer fume fever in humans and can be lethal to
1981 DuPont internal memos indicated that
DuPont is aware of a study
conducted by 3M that showed PFOA was harmful to newborn rats, killing some and
causing some to be born with eye and face defects.
female employees out of PFOA areas at the plant and
tells them to consult doctors before getting pregnant but does not sound an
2002 Pertluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA,
poses a "substantial risk of injury to human health or the
environment," including a risk
of birth defects. Most of the research is conducted by
scientists for 3M Company, which was the main manufacturer of PFOA until , when
it voluntarily stopped making it. 3M Company also removes its Scotchgard
products from the market because they contained a related
DuPont is the
only US manufacturer of perfluorooctanoic acid. Seven other companies,
3M/Dynean Co., a unit of 3M, French company Arkema Inc., Japan's AGC
Chemical/Asahi Glass, Switzerland's Ciba Specialty Chemicals Holding Inc.,
Japan's Daikin Industries Ltd, Switzerland's Clariant Corp. and Italy's Solvay
Solexis use PFOA in other products such as textiles, automobile fuel systems,
computer chips, telecommunications equipment, electronic wiring, fire fighting
foams and certain paper. These 8 companies use 75% of the PFOA - China uses
2004 DuPont proposes a settlement with as
many as 60,000 residents of Ohio and West Virginia of six area
water districts with
contamination with PFOA which the company has used to manufacture Teflon
and other products since 1951.
residents claimed 3M discharged PFOA and PFOS, perfluorooctanoic sulfonate, in
Washington County contaminating ground and well water.
DuPont's former medical director
reveales that more than 20 years ago the company became
aware of birth defects in 2 of 8
children born to women who worked at one of their facilities manufacturing
Teflon. Similar birth defects occur in the general public at a rate of 2 in
every 1,000 births.
Perfluorooctanoic acid can leach into food from
packaging. PFOA is still used to coat food packaging to keep oils from
bleeding into the packaging. Some researchers contend that the chemical can
leach into french fries from the small bags used typically by fast food chains.
Perfluorooctanoic acid can also leach onto popcorn as the microwavable
packaging is coated with a teflon-like material. Perfluorooctanoic acid is also
used to coat pizza delivery boxes. When heated perfluorooctanoic acid can be
released from the packaging.
DuPont, which continues to manufacture
polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin or Teflon, reached a $16.5 million
settlement with the Environmental
Protection Agency to settle allegations the company hid information about
the of a toxic chemical known as
PFOA used in the manufacture of Teflon. DuPont covered up
important information about PFOA's health effects and about
the pollution of
water supplies near the company's
Washington Works plant for 20 years.
Teflon is used as an inert in
pesticide formulations applied to growing crops or to raw agricultural
commodities after harvest.
People with the higher PFOA levels were more
than twice as likely to have thyroid diseases.
(PTFE) Tetrafluoroethylene and Teflon
(PTFE: polytetrafluoroethylene) CAS No. 9002-84-0
Roy J. PLUNKETT, Wilmington,
Del., assignor to Kinetic Chemicals Inc.: "Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers"; US
Patent 2,230,654; filed July 1, 1939; granted Feb. 4, 1941; French Patent (FR)
917,431; filed Nov. 14, 1945; granted Jan. 7, 1947 (Kinetic Chemicals Inc. is a
subsidiary of E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilmington,
1995 Michael J. McCREERY, Xenia, Ohio, assignor to the United
States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army: "Topical skin
protectants", US Patent 5,607,979; filed May 30, 1995; granted March 4,
methyl tert-butyl ether or
MTBE 1979 Methyl tert-butyl
ether replaces tetra-ethyl lead in gasoline.
ether, also known as methyl tertiary butyl ether and MTBE, is an organic
compound with molecular formula (CH3)3COCH3. MTBE is a volatile, flammable, and
colorless liquid that is sparingly soluble in water. It has a minty odor
vaguely reminiscent of diethyl ether, leading to unpleasant taste and odor in
water. MTBE is a gasoline additive, used as an oxygenate to raise the octane
number. Its use became controversial after finding its occurrence in
ground water. After
that federal and state legislation favored ethanol. Worldwide production of
MTBE has been constant at about 18 million tons/y (2005) owing to growth in
Asian markets which are less subject to ethanol subsidies.
1992 MTBE is being used at higher concentrations in some
gasoline to fulfill the oxygenate requirements set by Congress in Clean Air Act
1996 Santa Monica closes 7 of 11
drinking water wells in its Charnock well field after discovering MTBE
1999 MTBE, manufactured by the chemical reaction of methanol
and isobutylene, is being produced in very large quantities of more than
200,000 barrels per day in the US.
associate professor of chemistry at Purdue University finds MTBE in
gasoline supplies in systems where
the fuel additive is not required. The study examines 200 samples of gas taken
from stations in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan and finds that over 70% of the
samples contained MTBE and 25% of the samples contained "significant amounts of
MTBE. One ounce of MTBE can contaminate 1,000 tons of
California's Water Resources
Control Board reports 48 public water
drinking systems serving hundreds of thousands of residents have been
contaminated with MTBE. This is in addition to tens of thousands of
private wells throughout
California and hundreds of thousands of private wells nationwide.
Shell, Chevron, Texaco, Equilon Enterprises and Unocal companies settle a
lawsuit filed by an environmental group which requires the oil companies to
remediate MTBE ground
water contamination at a minimum of 700 sites in California.
Exxon agrees to pay $12 million in partial
reimbursement of what South Lake Tahoe Public Utility to remediate MTBE from
ground water which
had to close 12 of its 34 drinking water wells.
agrees to pay $9.1 million to settle a lawsuit arising from MTBE
contamination in Cambria, California.
California Superior Court judge approved a settlement agreement between a dozen
firms and the City of Santa Monica, California over
contamination MTBE. The settlement, which is valued at $312 million,
includes $100 million in cash payments plus "a potentially unlimited obligation
to cleanup up the wells." Defendants included in this settlement are:
ChevronTexaco, Chevron USA Inc.,
Chevron Products Co., ExxonMobil,
Shell Oil Co., Shell Oil Products Co., Shell Pipeline Corp., Equilon
Enterprises, Equilon Pipeline Co., Texaco Refining and Marketing Inc. Thrifty
Oil Co., and Best California Gas. This is believed to be the largest settlement
to date for MTBE contamination.
York State had identified over 13,000 sites with
contamination by MTBE. New York had allowed gasoline sold in the state to
include 12 to 15 percent MTBE, some of the highest mixtures in the nation.
MTBE contamination has been discovered in
ground water in 28
states and estimates of the costs to cleanup the contamination range from $30
billion to $100 billion. The estimated costs to filter some 130 municipal
drinking water wells in Plainview Long Island (New York) ranges from $390
million to $1 billion.
New York has removes some 6,000 leaking
underground storage tanks.
By January, 2005 oil companies agreed to pay
nearly a half billion dollars to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of
municipalities over MTBE contaminated
ground water .
2005 ChevronTexaco agrees to settle a
lawsuit by paying $850,000 for
contamination with MTBE. The suit is filed by the Los Osos Community
Services District after MTBE from a former gas station contaminated
ground water and at
least one drinking water well.
EPA announced another settlement with a
dozen oil companies over MTBE
water beneath Santa Monica, California. The settling companies, which will
pay $1.5 million to end the suit, include Shell Oil Co.; Shell Oil Products
Co.; Equilon Enterprises; Shell Pipeline Co.; TRM Co.;
ChevronTexaco.; Chevron USA Inc.;
Exxon Mobil Corp.; Mobil Oil Corp.; Thrifty Oil Co.; and Best California Gas.
The companies have already extracted nearly 350 million gallons of
Estimates of cleanup costs necessary to remediate MTBE
water nationwide run between $29 billion and $92 billion. Some 140
municipalities and water companies have filed lawsuits against petroleum
industry defendants over ground water
contamination with the fuel additive MTBE.
Twelve oil companies,
Premcor Refining Group, Conoco Inc., Tosco Corp., Shell Oil Co., Shell Oil
Products Co., Phillips Petroleum Co., BP Products North America Inc., BP Amoco
Chemical Co., Union Oil Co. of California, UNO-VEN Co., Citgo Petroleum Corp.,
and PDV Midwest Refining LLC, have agreed to pay $8 million to the
village of East Alton, Illinois to
settle their liability for drinking water wells contaminated with MTBE. Two gas
stations are believed to be the source of the contamination.
US Senators have asked the EPA to
provide them with information contained in a draft report currently being
reviewed by the agency that concludes that the gasoline additive MTBE should be
labeled a likely human carcinogen. A provision which would have granted MTBE
makers immunity from liability for cleanup costs related to
contaminated by MTBE was been stripped from the Energy bill. Tens of
thousands of sites in America have been
identified with ground
water contaminated with MTBE, including
ground water that
serves as drinking water for tens of millions of
Bisphenol A is first investigated in the search for synthetic estrogens.
Diethylstilbestrol, is determined to be more powerful than estrogen itself, so
bisphenol A is not used as a synthetic estrogen.
Bisphenol A current
uses are as a primary monomer in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.
Bisphenol A is also used as an antioxidant in plasticizers and as a
polymerization inhibitor in PVC.
for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction is established within the
National Institutes of Health to assess the dangers of chemicals to
human reproductive health. As with most government programs to study the
effects of industry on humans the bulk of the work is outsourced to industry
sponsored "think tanks".
2007 More than 100
government studies confirmed the ability of bisphenol A to mimic estrogen,
cause genetic changes that lead to prostate cancer, decreased testosterone, low
sperm counts and early female fertility.
A study of bisphenol A is done
by Sciences International funded by BASF, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Chevron,
ExxonMobile, 3-M, Union Carbide, the National Association of
Manufactures as well as numerous other manufactures and industry groups.
Sciences International reviews the scientific literature, writes the
basic report, "suggests" who should be a member of the scientific review panel,
sets the parameters and the agenda under which the panel operates. Bisphenol A
has not been conclusively proven to have any detrimental effects on humans. A
dozen industry studies confirm.
Some polymers manufactured with
bisphenol A are FDA-approved for use as food additives.
2008 FDA BPA draft assessment of claims
bisphenol A is safe, ignoring numerous independent and
government-funded studies which show risk of harm including brain and prostate
damage to developing infants, fetuses, and children, as well as increased risk
of diabetes and heart disease.
FDA relies on two studies funded by an arm of the American Chemistry
Council, a trade organization representing chemical
In test animals
bisphenol A in concentrations lower than those set by the
EPA have caused permanent changes to the genital tract, changes in breast
tissue that predispose cells to hormones and carcinogens, 30% increase in
prostate weight, signs of early puberty, decline in testicular testosterone,
breast cells predisposed to cancer, prostate cells more sensitive to hormones
and cancer, insulin resistance, decreased maternal behavior, damage to eggs and
chromosomes, hyperactivity and reversal of normal sex difference in brain
"Small amounts of estrogenic oil, bisphenol A for example,
can permanently disrupt cellular control systems and predispose the prostate to
disease in adulthood," said Barry G. Timms, a professor of biomedical sciences
at the University of South Dakota who specializes in prostate
"Exposure before birth
to bisphenol A and other estrogen mimics at low doses explains why we have this
increase in incidences of both breast and prostate cancers,"
said Patricia Hunt, professor School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington
"The failure to report the toxic effects of
bisphenol A in plastics follows a familiar pattern in which the industry involved
adamantly denies any harm despite overwhelming animal studies to the contrary.
Many neurodegenerative diseases, from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to brain
tumors, are dramatically rising in the Western culture, especially in children. Many toxic
substances are present in common foods, cleaners, clothes, personal items and
other household products, consumers and especially parents would be well
advised to become aware and avoid
exposure." - Dennis Schumacher MD
"Reading the comments of Steve Hentges
of the American Chemistry
Council's polycarbonate/BPA group gave me a profound feeling of deja vu.
Steve Hentges' denigration of scientific evidence of the
probable health of
bisphenol A (BPA) echoed the comments, over years, of
"scientists" from the tobacco industry denigrating
scientific findings of
tobacco's health risks. One suspects that all the evidence that is needed to
prove the of BPA is in locked flies of the
plastics industry." - Norman Decker MD
2009"Researchers focused on 634 male workers at four factories
in China who were exposed to elevated levels of BPA. They followed the men over
five years and compared their sexual health with that of male workers in other
Chinese factories where BPA was not present. The men handling BPA were four
times as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely
to have difficulty with ejaculation, said De-Kun Li, a scientist at the Kaiser
Foundation Research Institute, which conducted the study with funds from the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health." - Lyndsey Layton,
November 11, 2009
Bisphenol A is one of the reasons that sperm counts
are so low in developed countries. 1 in 6 American males can now expect to have
prostrate cancer. Bisphenol A is one of the reasons that breast cancer has
increased in America.
recognize pesticides and many industrial compounds, including phthalates, can
mimic estrogen or block testosterone, the female and male sex hormones that
control reproductive development. Review
of sperm counts in developed
nations showed a substantial decline since World War II, when many synthetic
pesticides and industrial compounds
were introduced into the environment. Previous studies of men have linked
phthalates to low sperm quality. Nearly everyone in a 1999-2000 survey of 2,500
people throughout America had phthalates in their urine.
2005 It is discovered that phthalates, used in plastics and
beauty products have widely contaminated
humans altering the reproductive organs of baby boys.
Researchers find a strong correlation between phthalate contamination and
changes in the size and anatomy of the children's genitals.
Mothers with the highest levels of
chemical in their urine late in their pregnancies had babies with a cluster of
effects. The span between anus and penis, called anogenital distance, is
comparatively short, and the infants had smaller penises and scrotums and more
instances of incomplete
descent of testicles. Phthalate levels associated with the genital changes were
not unusually high for the general population.
Reproductive biologists say that a shorter
anogenital distance is a female like effect in animals, a telltale sign of decreased male hormones,
and that it is likely that the human effects are similar, because hormones
function the same in animals and humans.
Toys, baby bottle nipples,
pacifiers, teething rings, vinyl bath toys, medical equipment, hairspray,
deodorants, perfumes, vinyl products including upholstery, packaging, wall and
floor covering, nail polishes and other beauty
products sold in America
contain phthalates which has been banned in the Europe and
"America has become a dumping ground for chemical filled toys
that are banned in much ofthe global industrialized world." - Fiona
Europe has banned 2 phthalates found in cosmetics
and 6 phthalates found in toys. Japan, Mexico and Canada has also banned
phthalates. America is one of a few industrialized countries in which
phthalates are still used.
"The evidence on trichloroethylene is overwhelming.
We have 80 epidemiological studies and hundreds of
toxicology studies. They are fairly
consistent in finding cancer risks that cover a range of tumors." - Dr. Gina
Solomon, an environmental medicine expert at UC San Francisco
Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is as much as 40 times more likely to cause cancer
than the EPA had previously
believed. 1400 military properties nationwide are identified as
polluted with trichloroethylene.
The Pentagon had the information buried.
Huge swaths of California,
Texas, New York and Florida lie over trichloroethylene plumes.
Fernando and San Gabriel (30 square miles) valley aquifers of the Los Angeles
basin are largely contaminated with trichloroethylene and there is high ambient
levels of trichloroethylene in the air. 243 wells have been shut down and in
some cases water agencies use cleaner
water to dilute trichloroethylene
Several remedial settlements have been reached over
trichloroethylene contaminated ground water
in San Bernardino, California -
Lockheed Martin; Lisle,
Illinois and DuPage County, Illinois - Lockformer Co.; Dayhoit, Kentucky
-National Electric Coil/Cooper Industries; Warren, Rhode Island - Jones
Apparel/Victoria Creations; Urbana, Ohio - Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.
and Nikko Materials USA
Indoor air in homes near contaminated sites contain enough
trichloroethylene to create an elevated cancer risk. Trichloroethylene has been
linked to liver, pancreatic and kidney cancers, birth defects and
Pyrethroids, synthetic versions of natural
compounds found in flowers, are
used extensively in pesticides . Pyrethroids have been considered safer than
DDT and chlordane because they do not seem to build up in the environment.
Pyrethroids are the second most common class of pesticide that results
in poisoning. In high doses, pyrethroids are toxic to the nervous
system. At low doses, they alter
hormones. The pyrethroid compounds are used in large volumes in farm and
household pesticides and are sprayed by public agencies to kill
polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDE
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers,
used as flame retardants, are
bioaccumulating in human bodies throughout America. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are
being spread by an array of store-bought
foods as well as dust inside
homes and offices.
diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are added to computers, televisions, furniture
cushions, upholstery textiles, carpet backings, mattresses, cars, buses,
aircraft and building construction materials by chemical corporations to harden
plastic and make polyurethane foam less flammable.
of polybrominated diphenyl ethers were detected in a
variety of fish, meat and fowl in America. In
America human bodies carry 20 times more on average than in Europe. Americans
are breathing much higher levels found in their household dust compared with
European homes. PBDEs escape as a gas from
hard plastic and polyurethane foam - especially newer computers, furniture and
other products - and then adhere to dust.
"There is more or less a
continuous exposure, and there is absolutely no way to really control it. You
have almost a 24-hour exposure, except
for the time you are outside," said Aake Bergman, head of environmental
chemistry at Stockholm University in Sweden and a leading authority on
flame retardants have been detected in
virtually every individual and animal tested, even newborns and fetuses, around
the world, including Australia and the Arctic. Amounts in
wildlife are doubling in North
America every four to six years, a pace unmatched for any contaminant in at
least 50 years.
"We have two sources:
Food is one and indoor
air is another. We now know that the sources
are inside our houses, inside our buildings," said Mehran Alaee of Canada's
National Water Research Institute.
"PBDEs are found in almost
all foods of animal origin; and some have very high levels of these chemicals,"
said a report by University of Texas environmental scientist Arnold Schecter.
Farm-raised fish contained 5 to 6 times more than
wild fish. Other foods that
contained high levels of PBDEs included pork sausage, duck and hot dogs. Beef
had the lowest levels, followed by goose, pheasant, scallops, canned tuna and
wild coho salmon. Chicken contained
moderate amounts. PBDEs bind to fat so
trimming excess fat, eating lean meats and
avoiding large, predatory fish is advised - especially for pregnant and nursing
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers bioaccumulate in body
fat building up over one's
"I am convinced we are building a huge, ticking time bomb in
our environment today," said
Aake Bergman, who has studied toxic contaminants since the 1970s.
1980 Hyperthyroidism rates began to skyrocket in indoor cats.
Indoor cats lounge on polybrominated diphenyl ether,
flame retardant, treated furniture, grooming
themselves by licking.
2007 Californians for
Fire Safety launches a campaign to derail a legislative bill to ban toxic
flame retardants. Californians for Fire Safety is funded by Albemarle
Corporation, Chemtura Corporation, and IC Limited - Industrial Products
mnaufactures of PBDE.
"My uncle was a fire fighter and he believed in
the use of flame retardants. He treated his children's pajamas and used flame
retardants in his house on fabric. My uncle died at 45. His wife and his two
children have had thyroid problems nearly all their lives. My cousin, Ralph,
was lethargic since childhood. He was fairly intelligent but he never had any
get up and go. He only worked about total of 2 years, short lived jobs, out of
his adult life. He once told an employer that it was to hard to get out of bed
to go to work. Ralph died at age 53." - Athbhreith Athbheochan
2010 Each tenfold increase in blood concentration of PBDEs was
linked to a 30% decrease in the likelihood of becoming pregnant each
"One of the strongest associations of PBDEs is with thyroid
hormone. Thyroid hormone does seem to play an important role in fertility.
Either too low or too high levels can impair fertility. PBDEs also seem to
mimic estrogen. We know these endocrine-disrupting chemicals can affect the
next generation's fertility." - Kim Harley
perchlorate2004 EPA published a draft assessment which concludes that
perchlorate is harmful to the human thyroid, particularly in infants, when
concentration in drinking water exceed one
part per billion (ppb). FDA finds perchlorate contamination in nearly every one 104 milk
samples taken from milk bought in retail stores in Arizona, California,
Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The average concentration of
perchlorate in the milk samples is 5.76 parts per billion (ppb). Thirty-eight
percent of the samples had levels over 6 ppb. Perchlorate is also found in 128
samples of lettuce from Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas.
The States of Maryland and Massachusetts adopted a safety limit on
perchlorate in drinking water of 1 ppb.
California set a preliminary limit of 6 ppb for perchlorate in drinking
Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health
finds perchlorate in virtually all samples of women's
breast milk at levels on
average almost two times greater than in cow's milk. The highest levels found
in breast milk, 92 parts per billion (ppb) and 51 ppb came from two New Jersey
women. Samples exceeding 30 ppb were found in women from New Mexico, Missouri
and Nebraska. The average for all samples was 10.5 ppb. The study found that a
9 pound baby drinking breast milk with 10.5 ppb of perchlorate would ingest
more than double the amount of perchlorate deemed safe by a recent National
Academy of Sciences (NAS) report.
The findings concern health experts
because infants and fetuses are the most vulnerable to the thyroid-impairing
effects of the chemical. Perchlorate blocks the nutrient iodide and inhibits
thyroid hormones, which are necessary for brain development and cellular growth
of a fetus or infant. A baby with impaired thyroid development may have
neurological defects that result in lower IQ, mental retardation,
loss of hearing and speech and motor
American women with low iodine levels exposed to a
perchlorate concentration in the water of 4
parts per million, 11 million people in 26 states, have
suppressed thyroid function which can
lead to health problems in them and abnormal brain development in their
offspring. 111,1 women tested had an average percholate level of 2.9 parts per
EPA has identified 395 sites throughout the country with
contaminated by perchlorate - over half of which are in California and
Texas. Only 51 of these at this time are undergoing remediation.
2006 Suggested limit of percholate in drinking
water, modified by the George Walker Bush
to 25 ppb, is 10 times higher than it should be. With any standard lower than 5
ppb, as research suggested, the expected costs of cleanup to the US Department
of Defense and several of its major contractors is staggering.
Olin Corp. is the
liable party for perchlorate contamination in hundreds of drinking water wells
in Santa Clara County, California. The ten mile plume of contamination emanated
from a former flare manufacturing plant Olin Corp. operated from 1955 to 1996.
Tests of Santa Clara wells have found some 227 wells with perchlorate above the
states safety limit of 6 parts per billion. Some wells had levels above 100
parts per billion.
In San Bernardino, California, Lockheed Martin agrees
to clean up perchlorate contaminated ground
synthesized by Othmar Zeidler. DDT, a colourless crystalline substance
practically insoluble in water, is highly
soluble in fats and most organic solvents.
DDT insecticidal properties discovered by the Swiss scientist Paul Hermann
Müller who is awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
1972 DDT banned in US as it has been found to
bioaccumulate killing higher level organisms like the birds by creating extra
thin egg shells.
DDT is present in the Palos Verdes sediments, Los
Angeles largely as a result of wastewater discharges from the former Montrose
Chemical Corporation DDT manufacturing plant in Torrance, California, which
operated from 1947 to 1983. Wastewater containing significant concentrations of
DDT, over 1,700 tons of DDT, was discharged from the Montrose plant to local
sewers. Fish caught off the coast of California from Ventura to Dana Point
contain the highest known concentrations of DDT.
1977 Pesticide spill at Del Monte Fresh Produce Co.
contaminates a local drinking water system
on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The site is placed on the Superfund list in 1994
and is contaminated by the pesticides ethylene dibromide,
dibromo-chloropropane, and trichloropropane.
1986 Use of the herbicide Dinoseb is banned after tests
concluded that it causes fertility problems and birth defects in lab animals.
2001 An analysis of 117 studies of the incidence of
lymphoma in the US concludes that people most often develop the cancer in areas
with the highest pesticide and herbicide use. The pesticides most associated
with lymphoma, according to the Lymphoma Foundation of America (LFA) are the
herbicides 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and triazines (which include
atrazine, cyanazine and simazine). Phosphine compounds also had a high
association with lymphoma. These include: 2,4,5-T, glyphosate, lindane,
carbaryl, chlordane arsenates, diazinon, dichlorovos and malathion. According
to the LFA, the studies also showed a link between lymphoma and exposure to
solvents. 2,4-D first marketed in the US in 1940s, is detected in the
water in 5 states and in 2003 found in 63% of
home dust samples.
sales of Benlate, a fungicide after hundreds of lawsuits.
2002 DuPont has spent over $1.3 billion on litigation and
damages primarily for property damage to crops, flowers and ornamental plants
damaged by Benlate.
2003 Delaware Supreme Court
rules that statute of limitations doesn't begin in a toxic exposure case until
discovery of a possible link between substance and injury. Children born with
eye defects that were originally thought to be genetic were linked to prenatal
exposure to the pesticide Benlate.
2004 Run-off of the pesticide ICON, active
ingredient friponil, manufactured by Aventis CropScience kills many of some
1,500 crawfish farmer's crawfish.
Researchers from Emory University and
the University of Washington find an association between exposure to the
organic pesticide Rotenone and Parkinson's disease.
2005 New study based upon results from Washington State's
first year of mandatory testing of farm workers found that one in five of those
workers who either mix or spray pesticides and/or herbicides "experienced
significant health affects." Of the 580 workers tested, 20.6% experienced at
least a 205 drop in the enzyme cholinesterase. The enzyme is reportedly "vital
to the body's nervous system." Some 4.4% of the workers experienced at least a
30% drop in the enzyme level. Two of the more commonly used pesticides that
affected the workers were azinphos methyl also called Guthion and chlorpyrifos
which is sold under various names. According to the
EPA, 80% of all the orchards in the
Northwest US are treated with both of these oils.
residents seek class action certification in a suit against Solutia Inc.
alleging exposure to toxic oil which emanated from a facility that manufactured
Agent Orange, which was a blend of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T and picloram.
Banned compound chemical pesticides - aldrin, benzene hexachloride,
binapacryl, 2,3,4,5-bis (2-butylene) tetrahydro-2-furaldehyde, bromoxynil
butyrate, cadmium compounds, calcium arsenate, captafol, carbon tetrachloride,
chloranil, chlordane, chlordecone (kepone), chlordimeform, chlorobenzilate,
chloromethoxypropylmercuric acetate, copper arsenate,
1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane , dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, dinoseb and
salts, Di(phenylmercury)dodecenylsuccinate, 2-methyl-4,6-dinitrophenol, 1,2-
dibromoethane ethylene dibromide, ethylene dichloride, endrin, ethyl
p-nitrophenyl thionobenzenephosphonate, ethyl hexyleneglycol, fluoroacetamide,
hexachlorobenzene, lead arsenate, leptophos , mercury compounds(mercurous
chloride and mercuric chloride), methamidophos, methyl parathion, mevinphos,
mirex, monocrotophos, nitrofen, octamethylpyrophosphoramide, parathion (ethyl),
pentachlorophenol, phenylmercury acetate, phenylmercuric oleate, phosphamidon,
potassium 2,4,5-trichlorophenate (2,4,5-TCP), pyriminil, safrole, silvex,
sodium arsenite, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane, terpene polychlorinates,
thallium sulfate, toxaphene (chlorinated camphene),
2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), vinyl chloride
DCA or 1,2-dichloroethane 2008 Bill Doucette finds 1,2-dichloroethane
(DCA), a toxic chlorinated solvent, in gingerbread man Christmas ornaments made
in China at Hill Air Force Base, an aircraft-maintenance facility north of Salt
Lake City. Each gram of gingerbread man polyresin contained 2.3 milligrams of
1,2-dichloroethane and the emission rate of the toxic chlorinated solvent fumes
remains dangerously elevated for nearly a year.
PCB or polychlorinated
commercial production of PCBs is taken over in by
Monsanto from Swann Chemical
Through partial oxidation polychlorinated biphenyls create
dioxins and dibenzofurans.
Polychlorinated biphenyls alter estrogen levels in the
body. In the womb, males can be feminized or the
baby may be intersex, neither a
male nor a female or both sets of reproductive
organs may develop. Biological magnification of PCBs has also led to polar
bears and whales that have both male and female sex
organs and males that cannot reproduce. This
effect is also known as endocrine
1930 to 1977Monsanto, markets PCBs under the
trade name Aroclor. PCB mixtures have been used for a variety of applications,
including dielectric fluids for capacitors and transformers, heat transfer
fluids, hydraulic fluids, lubricating and cutting oils, and as additives in
pesticides, paints, carbonless copy paper, adhesives, sealants, plastics,
reactive flame retardants, and as a fixative for microscopy. Polychlorinated
biphenyls were also used in surgical implants. The most commonly observed
health effects in people exposed to large amounts of PCBs are skin conditions
such as chloracne and rashes, but these were known to be symptoms of systemic
poisoning dating back to the 1920s.
disposal and recycling firm Philip Services is fined $1,000,000 for
environmental violations at four Washington State locations. The facilities
accept hazardous substances for disposal
and/or recycling including PCBs, solvents, acids, cyanide
and petroleum products. The company has already been deemed a responsible party
for ground water contamination that has migrated from their
Georgetown, Washington facility onto adjacent properties and has been fined in
1995 ($160,000) and 1998 ($25,000) for previous environmental violations.
EPA endorsed the Clinton Administration's plan to remove PCB
contaminated sediment from a 40 mile stretch of the Hudson River north of
Albany. The cleanup is expected to cost General Electric, whose facilities
dumped some 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the river up until 1977, about $460 million.
General Electric has
spent hundreds of millions fighting the dredging plan.
2003 Alabama jurors award $6 million in property damages in
the Anniston, Alabama PCB contamination class action to 21 plaintiffs. There
are some 900 additional plaintiffs in the class seeking property damages and
3,500 seeking damages for illnesses allegedly caused by exposure to PCBs.
Another class action has been filed by some 15,000 additional plaintiffs.
Monsanto made PCBs at the
Anniston facility from 1935 to 1971.
Paper manufacturer Glatfelter
agreed to pay $25 million towards the dredging of PCB contaminated sediment in
Wisconsin's Fox River and Green Bay.
Aluminum company Alcoa, Inc. agrees to study remediation options for
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contamination in New York's Grasse River.
Residents filed a toxic tort lawsuit against National Electric Coil
plant in Dayhoit, Kentucky. Substances released included PCBs,
dioxins, vinyl chloride,
trichloroethylene and heavy metals. The
plaintiff's also allege that the company misled residents regarding the health
risks once the contamination was discovered. The facility was bought by Cooper
Industries from National Electric Coil in 1985 and was closed in
2005 Seven paper companies that dumped PCBs
into the Fox River, Wisconsin over a 20 year period ending in the 1970s have
pay $130 million for cleanup.
General Electric agrees to spend $215M -
$265M in 1st phase of PCB cleanup of the Hudson River, New York. Under the
agreement, the company will pay $100 million to $150 million to clean up some
10% of the 2.65 million cubic yards of PCB contaminated sediment.
2006 Capacitor manufacturer Schlumberger Technology Corp. has
agrees to pay $20 million to settle its liability for natural resource damages
to Lake Hartwell which straddles the border between South Carolina and Georgia.
A company facility which operated from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s
discharged PCBs into Twelve Mile Creek which feeds the
February, 2005 researchers at Columbia University concluded that in utero
exposure to air pollutants, primarily from auto exhaust, can cause chromosomal
damage associated with an increased risk of cancer.
A July, 2005 study funded by the citizens' action group
Environmental Working Group concludes that fetuses are exposed to
hundreds of toxic oil in utero. The test examined the cord blood of ten random
newborns. The samples were provided by the American Red Cross.
Blood samples from the cords
contained at least 287 oil. Each sample contained between 159 and 243 oil
including 180 that can cause cancer in humans and animals, 217 that are known
to damage the nervous system and brain, and 208 that can cause birth defects in
animals. The oil found in the chord blood included mercury,
brominated flame retardants, pesticides and perfluoronated oil
used in products such as Scotchguard and Teflon. The study was peer reviewed by
eight physicians and a toxicologist.
It is hard to believe but there are
products that are banned in
China that the federal government allows to be sold in America.
American public is indebted to more progressive governments that ban toxic
substances in widely used products. We are at the mercy of
business interests that seek only bottom-line profits. Certainly we cannot rely
on our Congress to look out for our well-being. Businesses that are required to
adjust standards to sell abroad are finding it dimcult to make two different
products - one for the
American market, which permits the
poisoning of citizens, and one for the rest of the Earth, where citizens are
protected by governments that are mindful of their safety. If it were not for
the rest of the Earth, we would indeed be hopeless and helpless." - Joan
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