WHAT I’M READING: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

April 9th, 2016

I’m catching up on a trio of stories that directly affect my family in what is known locally as The Mid-Ohio Valley. I grew up in and around Marietta, Ohio and left the region after graduating from Warren High School in 1973. During high school, a combination of factors—my involvement with Scouting, Mr. Smith’s and Mr. Gwyn’s science classes, the first Earth Day in 1970 the very real presence of noxious gasses and toxic effluent spewing from nearby chemical plants (particularly the Union Carbide facility just over the hill from Tunnel, along Route 7 and the Ohio River) came together to awaken me to what would become the Environmental Ecology movement.

My dad worked as designing engineer at the Marbon plant just south of Pakersburg, West Virginia, plant at what was known as Washington Bottom. Next door to that plant was the DuPont facility which would become ground zero for Teflon Travesty. I’ve been sitting on three articles from The Intercept’s Sharon Lerner, waiting for a time when I could dive deep into what they have to say. Today is that day.

The first piece, published last August is a three-part series—The Teflon Toxin— which begins with DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception; followed by The Case Against DuPont and How DuPont Slipped Past the EPA.

The second article, A Chemical Shell Game: How DuPont Concealed the Dangers of the New Teflon Toxin was published last month.

The third article, also published in March, is New Teflon Toxin Causes Cancer in Lab Animals.

Not light reading for a snowy Saturday afternoon.

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