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
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 people.
reported that levels found in some children are as high as those found in
chemical plant workers and approach those that caused
developmental problems in rats.
PFOA persists in the environment indefinitly and has been found in the
blood of polar bears.
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 °F).
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 birds.
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.
DuPont moves 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
DuPont proposes a settlement
with as many as 60,000 residents of Ohio and West Virginia of six area water
districts with ground water
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 EPA 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
Teflon is used as an inert in pesticide formulations applied to
growing crops or to raw agricultural commodities after harvest.
with the higher PFOA levels were more than twice as likely to have thyroid
(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.
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.
2001 An 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
Texaco, Equilon Enterprises and
Unocal 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
ground water contamination in
2004 California Superior Court judge approved a settlement
agreement between a dozen firms and the City of Santa Monica, California over
ground water 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, Shell Oil
Products, Shell Pipeline, Equilon Enterprises, Equilon Pipeline, Texaco
Refining, Thrifty Oil, and Best California Gas. This is believed to be the
largest settlement to date for MTBE contamination.
New York State had
identified over 13,000 sites with ground water 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.
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 .
ChevronTexaco agrees to settle a
lawsuit by paying $850,000 for ground water 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 contaminated
ground water beneath Santa Monica, California. The settling companies,
which will pay $1.5 million to end the suit, include Shell Oil; Shell Oil
Products; Equilon Enterprises; Shell Pipeline; TRM;
ChevronTexaco; Chevron USA;
ExxonMobil; Mobil Oil; Thrifty Oil; and Best California Gas. The companies have
already extracted nearly 350 million gallons of
contaminated ground water .
Estimates of cleanup costs necessary to remediate MTBE
contaminated ground 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,
Shell Oil Products, Phillips
Petroleum, BP Products North America,
BP Amoco, Union Oil, UNO-VEN,
Citgo Petroleum, 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.
Twenty-one 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
ground water 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
ExxonMobil, 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
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 manufacturers.
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 structure.
"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 biology.
"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 State
"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.
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
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
Huge swaths of California, Texas, New York and Florida lie over
The San 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 contaminated ground water .
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
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.
Polybrominated 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
High concentrations 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.
The 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 humans and
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
"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 women.
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
rates began to skyrocket in indoor cats. Indoor cats lounge on polybrominated
diphenyl ether, flame retardant, treated furniture, grooming themselves by
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 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." -
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 water.
2005 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 skills deficits.
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 million.
EPA has identified 395 sites throughout
the country with ground water
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
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
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
1939 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
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.
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 ground water in 5 states
and in 2003 found in 63% of home
DuPont ceased sales of Benlate, a fungicide after hundreds
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
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
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 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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