Dioxin War: Truth and Lies About a Perfect Poison

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Overview

Dioxin is one of the most poisanous chemicals known to humanity. It was the taxic component of Agent Orange, used by the US military to defoliate huge tracts of Vietnam during the war in the 1960s and 70s. It can be found in pesticides, plastics, solvents, detergents and cosmetics. Dioxin has been revealed as a human carcinegen, and has been asseciated with heart disease, liver damage, hermonal disruption, reproductive disorders, developmental destruction and neurological impairment. The Dioxin War is the story of the people who fought to reveal the truth about dioxin. Robert Allen reveals the attempts by the chemical industry. In collusion with regulatory and health authorities, to cover up the true impact of dioxin on human health. He tells the remarkable story of how a small, dedicated group of people managed to bring the truth about dioxin into the public domain and into the courts - and win.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745322124
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Allen is a sub-editor at The Sunday Times. He is also part of an eco-social group, An Talamh Glas, which publishes www.bluegreenearth.com, featuring media activists from across the world.

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Table of Contents

What is dioxin?
Prologue : the politics of dioxin 1
1 Awkward questions : a dioxin spill in the Mid-West 10
2 Heart of darkness : phenoxy herbicides, Agent Orange and the Swedish doctors 25
3 Ignorance is bliss : the poisoning of Missouri 46
4 Toxic shock : deep rumbling sounds 73
5 The EPA : a regulatory sleazefest 101
6 Tears in the valleys : incinerator stories 117
Epilogue : challenging power and money 133
App Bill Gaffey's work 143
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