EPA Asked To Delay Dioxin Assessment

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By Chuck Palazzo

 

(Hoa Binh, Vietnam) – This is about the latest industry efforts to stop EPA from releasing its assessment of TCDD. The is the same tune heard from industry to stop the dissemination of scientific assessments that threaten to hurt their profit margins.

From 1962 until 1971, herbicides were sprayed in Vietnam to defoliate the jungle canopy, destroy crops, clear perimeters and fire-support bases. Agent Orange, Green, Pink and Purple were contaminated with TCDD.

The American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry group, is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to change course on its assessment of the most potent form of dioxin. Such a move would prolong completion of the assessment, which has been under way for more than 20 years.

In a Dec. 20, 2011, letter, ACC asked EPA to delay the release of its hazard assessment for 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro­dibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). This pollutant causes cancer and is linked to reproductive problems.

The ACC’s concern is that the assessment will affect the extent of cleanups of chlorinated and brominated dioxins and furans and polychlorinated biphenyls, as well as the costs borne by polluters.  Brings tears to your eyes, doesn’t it?

Veterans need a strong dioxin assessment to help them obtain benefits based on honest science, rather than what the polluters prefer to call the truth.

The voices of Veterans (not just Vietnam Vets – we need solidarity on this) deserve to be heard just as loudly as the chemical companies.

The chemical industry is mounting a final full-fledged assault to try and stop the EPA from finalizing the EPA’s dioxin reassessment, which has been delayed for over 20 years!

EPA has pledged to finalize the non-cancer portion of the dioxin study by the end of January 2012. Below is a link to the latest on ACC’s campaign to prevent EPA from finalizing the non-cancer portions of the assessment:

EPA Asked To Delay Dioxin Assessment Chemical & Engineering News By Cheryl Hogue

The American Chemistry Council, a chemical industry group, is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to change course on its assessment of the most potent form of dioxin. Such a move could further prolong completion of the …

We need all hands on deck right now as ACC and their allies in big ag are doing all they can to stop this.

We’ll be circulating a national sign on letter to EPA (and possibly Obama) in the next week so please keep your eyes peeled for that. At least one member of Congress is planning on sending a supportive letter to EPA. Healthy Child Healthy World is circulating a national petition to EPA. The Center for Progressive Reform sent a great letter to EPA urging EPA to finalize the dioxin reassessment on schedule: www.progressivereform.org/articles/Jackson_IRIS_Omnibus_Letter_122211.pdf


About the Writer : Chuck Palazzo is a Marine Combat Veteran, served with 1st and 3rd FORCERECON. RVN 1970-1971. Currently living, writing and working in Da Nang, Vietnam. Agent Orange and Unexploded Ordinance activist and researcher.

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