|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:01:04 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL, HEALTH: Agent Orange more dangerous than "had to be"|
Agent Orange's lethal legacy: Defoliants more dangerous than they had to be Papers show firms didn't act on data to reduce toxicity By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones Chicago Tribune December 17, 2009Part 5 of a Tribune investigation unearths documents showing that decisions by the U.S. military and chemical companies that manufactured the defoliants used in Vietnam made the spraying more dangerous than it had to be.
As the U.S. military aggressively ratcheted up its spraying of Agent Orange over South Vietnam in 1965, the government and the chemical companies that produced the defoliant knew it posed health risks to soldiers and others who were exposed.
That year, a Dow Chemical Company memo called a contaminant in Agent Orange "one of the most toxic materials known causing not only skin lesions, but also liver damage."
Yet despite the mounting evidence of the chemical's health threat, the risks of exposure were downplayed, a Tribune review of court documents and records from the National Archives has found. The spraying campaign would continue for six more years.
... For the entire article, see http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/agentorange/chi-agent-orange-dioxindec17,0,674174.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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