Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cluster of birth defects under investigation by EPA

If there’s one subject that really gets me hot-under-the-collar it’s deadly chemicals polluting the land we live on.

Since the early 1970s, I’ve crusaded against Agent Orange and other dioxins, and the companies that made them. I got my share of Agent Orange via Uncle Sam while in Vietnam.

I confess that’s why I got involved in fighting the use of deadly chemicals long ago. Along the way, I editorialized on the subject every opportunity I got. What bugs me is that it’s common knowledge that these chemicals have deadly effects on humans, yet they continue to be sprayed and reap a deadly harvest!

When I read this article – case in point - it made me sick. It also proves that corporations still run the country. That’s the only answer for the continued use of these deadly chemicals. Why has the EPA allowed these companies to continue spraying them? This article acts like the EPA is surprised by the cluster of deformities discovered near a toxic waste dump. The EPA is portrayed as the good guy whose going to ride in on a white horse and bring justice to all. Don’t hold your breath.

Especially now, since the Supreme Court passed the worst piece of legislation in history allowing corporations to be treated like individuals. The flood gates have been opened and there’s no turning back…


“Residents suspect the facial deformities are linked to a nearby toxic waste dump. The dump is set to be expanded to accommodate waste from large population centers, including Los Angeles, and residents have filed a lawsuit against the Kings County Board of Supervisors challenging its approval of the expansion.”

Go here to read the whole story.

ABOVE PHOTO: Maria Saulcedo sits next to a memorial to her daughter Ashley, who died at the age of 11 months. Five babies, including Ashley, were born with cleft palates in Kettleman City over a 14-month-period and some residents blame a nearby toxic waste dump. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times /December 7, 2009)

1 comment:

Agent Orange Legacy said...

Thank you for standing up against big corporate bullies!! There doesn't seem to be an end to their 'border house reach' which impacts our health, lifestyle, and sanity.

As the widow of a Vietnam veteran and mother of 2, grandmother of 2 suffering the intergenerational affects of agent orange, I take my hat off to you!

I also am the founder of Agent Orange Legacy. AO Legacy is mobilizing to fight for the services, suppport and rights of the Children of Vietnam Veterans, and families of veterans exposed to agent orange.

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Thank you,
Sharon Perry