Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting List







http://www.vva.org/calendar.html
September 19, 2014
Bellingham, WA
1:00 PM
HEC Conference Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA
(right down from St. Joseph Hospital)
Contact: Bill Bowen
September 20, 2014
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
4:00 pm
Town hall Coeur d'Alene Idaho
North Idaho community College,
1000 W. Garden Ave. Coeur d'Alene Id.
Contact Wayne Syth
Sept 21, 2014
Kalispell, MT
2:00 pm
Kalispell Elks Lodge.
1820 HWY 93 south. Kalispell, MT
Contact: John Burgess
405-857-3609

Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting schedule

S.2738 now has a companion bill: the bipartisan Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014

Washington, DC – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today introduced a pair of bills to improve the lives of America’s veterans.
The first, the bipartisan Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014, introduced with Congressman Dan Benishek, M.D. (R-MI01), calls for research into the effects that toxic exposure during active service have had on the descendants of veterans. The second, The Incentives for our Nation’s Veterans in Energy Sustainability Technologies (INVEST) Act of 2014, introduced with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13), extends the work opportunity tax credit to companies in the green technology field who employ veterans.  
“It is our responsibility as a nation to ensure that our returning veterans and their families can achieve the American dream,” Congressman Honda said. “Providing needed medical care, and making it easier for vets to find quality jobs, are two ways we can achieve our goal.”
“Our nation has a sacred responsibility to take care of those who serve our country in uniform, and their loved ones.” Congressman Honda said.  “The Toxic Exposure Research Act is an important piece of bi-partisan legislation that will help us keep our promise to our veterans.  While we know that our servicemen and women have been exposed to toxic substances while fighting for our country, we also know that many of their children have consequently suffered with various forms of birth defects. We need to know the full effects of such toxic exposures.”
“Through the bill’s establishment of a national research center, the VA can determine what effect toxins like Agent Orange have had on the children and grandchildren of our veterans who were exposed. This will allow us to know what we need to do to take care of these descendants who have been affected by these poisons.”
Congressman Benishek, M.D. said, “Having had the opportunity to treat our veterans as a doctor at a VA hospital for nearly 20 years, I understand that not all injuries our returning service members suffer from are immediately evident.  Wounds from exposure to toxic chemicals can have lifelong and generational effects, the impacts of which we are still determining today. The bipartisan Toxic Exposure Research Act will help address the need to better understand the toxins that many of our heroes have been exposed to, and ensure we focus on understanding the effect exposure may have on their descendants.”    

$190M proposed deal for Passaic River cleanup

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/190M-proposed-deal-for-Passaic-River-cleanup-5758390.php
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials have reached a proposed $190 million settlement with the last remaining defendant stemming from lawsuits filed over pollution in the Passaic River.
The deal with Occidental Chemical is subject to public comment and review by a judge.
The state filed suit more than eight years ago against Occidental Chemical and other companies associated with the former Diamond Shamrock site in Newark. Diamond Shamrock manufactured pesticides and herbicides along the river from the 1940s through the 1960s, including the defoliant Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam War.
The state says the river's sediment contains dioxin, PCBs and mercury along a 17-mile stretch that is one of the nation's largest Superfund sites.
The cleanup of the lower eight miles is expected to cost more than $1.7 billion.

Agent Orange, PTSD and Why an Activist Fights

http://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2014/09/13/agent-orange-ptsd-activist-fights/
I grew up in central Virginia in the 1990s. My mother was a court reporter who owned her own business. Our family did pretty well. She had deep connections to the legal profession and like all parents, she wanted me to be successful. So I got my degree in philosophy with a pre-law concentration and I went to work in legal services, where I worked as an independent contractor for seven years, until I was 25.

In 2010, the bottom fell out. After watching my mother work all through my childhood to build a business, sell it for over a million dollars, and begin her retirement, I watched everything my mother had slaved for evaporate overnight when the housing bubble collapsed and their beautiful property in Louisa County became basically worthless. I watched her go back to work two years into retirement, punching keys for rich attorneys with a barely-healed greenstick fracture in her arm and the beginnings of carpal tunnel in both hands when she had worked hard her whole life and mine to play by the rules and do everything right.
Watching all of this happen, I realized I was running myself ragged working up to 80 hours a week with no health insurance and no retirement plan. Worst of all, not only was I sworn to secrecy about the sometimes questionable things I learned, but the work itself did almost nothing but make doctors and lawyers richer. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t shake the idea that there had to be something better than this. But I needed the money. I didn’t know what else to do.
Then, one seemingly regular day, my stepfather had his first seizure. I was laid out sick three hundred miles away, with less than a thousand dollars in the bank and unable to work, when my mother called to tell me that they were at the hospital. “They don’t know why this is happening,” she told me, “but I think it’s the Agent Orange.” hung up the phone and cried.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Courtesy of George Claxton, links to Agent Orange-related studies

Long-Term Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Environmental Oestrogens on Ovarian Function: Role of Epigenetics


Dioxin induction of transgenerational inheritance of disease in zebrafish
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0303720714002640

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting schedule - UPDATED









http://www.vva.org/calendar.html


September 13, 2014
Spokane, Washington
1:00 pm
United Steel Workers of America Hall
14015 E. Trent Street
Spokane Valley, Washington
Contact Jim Daugherty

September 19, 2014
Bellingham, WA
1:00 PM
HEC Conference Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA
(right down from St. Joseph Hospital)
Contact: Bill Bowen

September 20, 2014
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
4 pm
Town hall Coeur d'Alene Idaho
North Idaho community College,
1000 W. Garden Ave. Coeur d'Alene Id.
Contact Wayne Syth

Sept 21, 2014
Kalispell, MT
2:00 pm
Kalispell Elks Lodge.
1820 HWY 93 south. Kalispell, MT
Contact: John Burgess
405-857-3609

GMO experiments receive questionable oversight

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/GMO-experiments-receive-questionable-oversight-5740478.php
Washington -- At a secret location among the vineyards of California's Central Coast, a plot of genetically engineered corn is producing proteins for industrial and pharmaceutical uses, including an experimental vaccine for hepatitis B.
The altered corn is growing with federal approval 100 feet from a steelhead stream in San Luis Obispo County, in designated critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog. Agriculture Department inspectors have reported two "incidents" at the site, including conventional corn sprouting in a 50-foot fallow zone, but the findings did not rise to the level of a fine or even to a formal notice of noncompliance for the company that planted it, Applied Biotechnology Institute Inc.
Details of Applied Biotechnology's inspections and hundreds of other field trials with genetically modified plants were obtained by Hearst Newspapers under Freedom of Information laws. The inspection reports and other Agriculture Department records present a picture of vast, swiftly expanding outdoor experimentation and industry-friendly oversight of those experiments.
The founder and president of Applied Biotechnology, John A. Howard, previously founded another company that was permanently banned from trials of genetically modified organisms - GMOs - after creating such contaminated messes in the Midwest that a half-million bushels of soybeans and more than 150 acres of corn had to be destroyed.
Yet since 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Applied Biotechnology Institute's little-known plantings, albeit with limits so strict that ears of corn must be locked up and plant remains must be buried 3 feet deep. Indeed, things are proceeding so well for Applied Biotechnology that Howard is seeking land to expand the 5-acre "pharming" operation.
The outdoor tests are at the leading edge of a technological revolution based on reordering the building blocks of life. The advent of GMOs has spawned global debate and protest over issues of consumer safety and the uncertain effects of altered genes on the environment.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination at Danang Airport Progress Report

Danang Airport Cleanup
This document is a general update of the remediation activities happening at the site through the end of July 2014.  For more information please contact USAID Environment and Social Development Office, Hanoi, Vietnam at (84-4) 3850 5000, ext 2222.
The progress report can also be found online at USAID/Vietnam’s environmental remediation webpage
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Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting Calendar







http://www.vva.org/calendar.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faces-of-Agent-Orange/187669911280144

September 12, 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado
6pm-8pm
Larimer County Courthouse, First Floor
200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins
Contact: Wes Carter

September 13, 2014
Spokane, Washington
1:00 pm
United Steel Workers of America Hall
14015 E. Trent Street
Spokane Valley, Washington
Contact Jim Daugherty
509-868-0200

Agent Orange exposure and risk of death in Korean Vietnam veterans: Korean Veterans Health Study.

AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE - KOREA STUDY

from our good friend George Claxton

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Agent Orange (AO) was a mixture of phenoxy herbicides, containing several dioxin impurities including 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). Various military herbicides, including AO, were sprayed by the US military and allied forces for military purposes during the Vietnam War. This study was performed to identify the associations between the AO exposure and mortality in Korean Vietnam veterans.
METHODS
From 1 January 1992 to 31 December 2005, 180 639 Korean Vietnam veterans were followed up for vital status and cause of death. The AO exposure index was based on the proximity of the veteran's unit to AO-sprayed areas, using a geographical information system-based model. The adjusted hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated by Cox's proportional hazard model.
RESULTS
The mortality from all causes of death was elevated with AO exposure. The deaths due to all sites of cancers combined and some specific cancers, including cancers of the stomach, small intestine, liver, larynx, lung, bladder and thyroid gland, as well as chronic myeloid leukaemia, were positively associated with AO exposure. The deaths from angina pectoris, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and liver disease including liver cirrhosis were also increased with an increasing AO exposure.
CONCLUSIONS
Overall, this study suggests that AO/TCDD exposure may account for mortality from various diseases even several decades after exposure. Further research is needed to better understand the long-term effects of AO/TCDD exposure on human health.

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North Carolina: What effect will herbicide have?

http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-what-effect-will-herbicide-have/article_e8a25b41-2e5b-51f0-9f86-1449c1e92e48.html
Letter to The Editor:
Seeing films and videos of Vietnam, I have seen the devastation and long-term effects that occurred when America used Agent Orange and destroyed the forests and jungles of Vietnam to aid our war effort by taking away the hiding places of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.
Many of our soldiers have suffered long-term health issues, along with citizens of Vietnam, because of this deadly chemical.
Imagine my horror to see that a large portion of my property had been sprayed with a chemical so strong that it kills trees and any other living foliage that it comes in contact with. One day my property is green and beautiful, and the next, it is dead.
This was the result of a new program by South River EMC to save money. Instead of having a trimming crew to keep tree limbs from coming near power lines, they have decided to kill anything that is growing on the right of way with a chemical spray.
My neighbors and I were never sent a letter or notified that our property would be sprayed or given notice about when it would occur so we could protect our animals and ourselves.
I am concerned about what the long-term effects will be to us and also to our water supply and to our health.
We are now forced also to look every day at the ugliness of our once beautiful landscape because our electric company wants to make more money.
Wayne T. Bone
Linden, NC

US EPA Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress

On August 21, 2014, US EPA released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress. This is the final of two reports required by the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress on the process in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics.
A copy of the complete report is available here.  

Dioxin

The urban air toxics program groups dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs in the dioxin category. There are a total of 29 of these compounds. Seven dioxins, ten furans and 12 dioxin-like PCBs are included in the urban air toxics dioxin category. Dioxin levels are down 95 percent from 1987 to 2000 (from 12.8 kg TEQs to 0.07 kg TEQs).  The US EPA has released strict dioxin standards for municipal waste incinerators, medical waste incinerators and other man-made dioxin sources.
A list of the 30 urban air toxics can be found here.

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