Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Agent Orange Links

Fish and amphibian embryos as alternative models in toxicology and teratology

Sources of Dioxins and Dioxin-like Compounds in the Environment
(major sources of DLCS in the enivronemnt)

IARC Monographs evaluate   DDT, l indane, and 2,4-D

IARC Assessment of 2,4-D as a Possible Carcinogen

Environmental exposure of Aquatic and Terrestrial Biota to Triclosan and Triclocaban 1

Evaluation of the Association between Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Diabetes in Epidemiological Studies: A National Toxicology Program Workshop Review

Effects of Exposure to Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Organochlorine Pesticides on Thyroid Function during Pregnancy

Time Course of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-Induced Thymic Atrophy in the Wistar Rat

Serum Dioxin and Immunologic Response in Veterans of Operation Ranch Hand

Endometriosis and Dioxins

SHP-1 is directly activated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and regulates BCL-6 in the presence of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)

An Introduction to Aquatic Toxicology

Effects of perinatal exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin on spatial and visual reversal learning in rats.

Geriatric Toxicology Part 3 – Digoxin and CCBs

Mechanisms of Action Point Towards Combined PBDE/NDL-PCB Risk Assessment

Reevaluation of the Fundamental Dose–Response Relationship

Exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) increases human hepatic stellate cell activation.

Serum dioxin and cancer in veterans of Operation Ranch Hand.

Association between Blood Dioxin Level and Chronic Kidney Disease in an Endemic Area of Exposure.

Vietnam, US launch Phase Two of Danang dioxin clean-up

HANOI: Vietnam and the United States on Tuesday (Oct 18) launched the second phase of a dioxin clean-up in Danang, where millions of litres of Agent Orange were stored during the war between the former enemies.
The US sprayed the defoliant over large swathes of southern jungle during the Vietnam War to flush out Viet Cong guerrillas, and Vietnamese victims' groups have long blamed the toxic residue for deformities and disease.
Though Washington has disputed the link between dioxin exposure and bad health, the US government has committed to help clean up toxic land.
The countries, whose relations have warmed in recent years, on Tuesday began treating 45,000 cubic metres of soil contaminated with dioxin at Danang Airport, a task expected to be finished by mid-2017.
"I am encouraged by how this project continues to be a symbol of our honesty about the past, dealing with what remains and turning an issue of contention into one of collaboration," US ambassador Ted Osius said at the scene, according to a statement.
The first phase of the clean-up, which also treated 45,000 cubic metres, was completed in May.
"The long-term impact of the project will be the elimination of potential health risks associated with dioxin exposure from the site," the US embassy statement said.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Urge the EPA to Ban This Dangerous Pesticide

Researchers have recently found that atrazine, the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S., could cause sexual abnormalities in frogs, including deformed sexual organs and hermaphrodite features. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency has identified the chemical’s “potential chronic risk to fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates.” There is concern that the chemical, commonly found in the water supply in farming regions, could cause similar problems in humans.
The European Union, along with other countries, has banned the use of atrazine, but in the U.S. it is still legal and widely used. Sign this petition, and join Beyond Pesticides in urging the EPA to ban the use of atrazine. 

from Dr. Thomas J. Berger,  Executive Director of the VVA Veterans Health Council 
"While a faculty member at the University of Kansas in the 70's and 80's, myself and a colleague studied atrazine in the KS watershed.  Now Kansas has no natural lakes and as a result, man-made lakes were constructed in each of the 100+ counties over a period of almost 75 years.  In addition, several large reservoirs were constructed around state post-1950.  Jerry and I found the presence of atrazine in EVERY lake and reservoir throughout the state using frog larvae (tadpoles) as the indicator species." 

Makers of Agent Orange to be tried for ‘war crimes’ by a people’s tribunal

Monsanto, the controversial US agricultural corporation, will be tried by a non-legally binding tribunal on Saturday, 50 years after it was commissioned by the US army to produce the lethal herbicide Agent Orange for use in the Vietnam War.
The proceedings in The Hague will attempt to unpick Monsanto’s complicity in war crimes during the conflict and its alleged perpetration of ‘ecocide’, or widespread destruction of the environment.
Named after the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, Agent Orange was used to destroy forest cover used by North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops, as well as the crops that fed them.
Evidence has since linked its use to causing a slew of physical deformities and mental disorders. The Vietnam Red Cross reports that 3 million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange and 150,000 children have suffered birth defects as a consequence of exposure to the toxic defoliant.
Glyphosate, a component in Monsanto’s “Roundup” herbicide, the most widely used in the world, is also linked to birth defects, according to Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception. The herbicide accompanies the use of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds that the company is promoting, via its subsidiary Dekalb Vietnam, in Vietnam today.
Smith told The Diplomat in November 2014 that “this evidence is found in Monsanto’s own research, as well as experience today in Argentina and other countries where populations are experiencing a skyrocketing of birth defects when exposed to this dangerous weed killer”.
Then-agriculture minister Cao Duc Phat told a local newspaper in 2010 that he had “sent a letter to Monsanto asking them to bring their seeds to Vietnam” because “GMOs are a scientific achievement of humankind, and Vietnam needs to embrace them as soon as possible.”
Do Hai Linh, from the Vietnamese environmental NGO People and Nature Reconciliation, said Monsanto had crept back into Vietnam under the guise of promoting “biotechnology” and “environmentally-friendly agriculture”.
“Many of us were amazed and disappointed that Monsanto and their genetically modified organism business were accepted into the country so easily, given their direct involvement in the catastrophic Agent Orange campaign and given that the use of GMO seeds is still a controversial debate with inconclusive explanations,” Linh said.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings

Check the calendar

October 20, 2016
Crescent City, California
Contact : Jim Newman  541-254-1002
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

October 20, 2016
Brookings, Oregon
Contact: Jim Newman  541-254-1002
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

October 21, 2016
Gold Beach, Oregon
Contact: Jim Newman  541-254-1002
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

October 21, 2016
Port Orford, Oregon
Contact: Jim Newman  541-254-1002
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

November 5, 2016
Ocean City, Maryland
Contact: Robert Hartman  loriandbobh@verizon.net

November 9, 2016
Santa Maria, California
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Contact: Richard Segovia

November 14, 2016
Roseburg, Oregon
Contact: Karen Hostetter
AVVA Chapter 805
November 15, 2016
Bend, Oregon
Contact :Wendy Rudy 541 706 2969
Tom Owen  541-619-8187

November 19, 2016
Portland, Oregon
Contact: Gary McAdams 503-577-6639  
Tom Owen  541-619-8187

January 7, 2017
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8140

Agent Orange Links

Impacts of Perinatal Dioxin Exposure on Motor Coordination and Higher Cognitive Development in Vietnamese Preschool Children: A Five-Year Follow-Up
Scientific Issues Relevant to Setting Regulatory Criteria to Identify Endocrine-Disrupting Substances in the European Union
Androgen receptor CAG repeat length modifies the effect of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin on receptor activity in human prostate cells.
Dioxin induction of transgenerational inheritance of disease in zebrafish.
Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center
Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Center- Richard E. Peterson
Impacts of Perinatal Dioxin Exposure on Motor Coordination and Higher Cognitive Development in Vietnamese Preschool Children: A Five-Year Follow-Up
Climate Change and Future Pollen Allergy in Europe

First Agent Orange, now Roundup: what's Monsanto up to in Vietnam? Ecologist Special Investigation

With the International Monsanto Tribunal beginning this week (14-16 October) in The Hague, MICK GRANT reports from Vietnam with this special investigation for The Ecologist five decades after the company's lethal herbicide Agent Orange first devastated the country - and discovers the agribusiness giant is sneaking its way back into Vietnam with modern herbicides and 'Roundup-Ready' GMO crops.

Today, seed has become the ultimate weapon in a war against the Earth and her people. In this war, if corporations win, we will all lose our food and our future." - Dr Vandana Shiva, Who really Feeds the World?
Flying into Saigon at night - after an absence of more than a decade - I am struck by the American corporate logos lighting up the landscape, especially those related to food and drink.
Golden Arches are sprinkled along the boulevards, and Starbucks mermaids flash their twin tails everywhere. A neon Colonel Sanders even takes on Ho Chi Minh portraits, sporting the same wispy white goatee.
As Vietnam embraces American culture, the US food gang is back in force - McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Coca-Cola.
And Monsanto.

Paper Mill Cleared of Toxic Sludge Claim

HOUSTON (CN) — Contamination from toxic sludge pits next to the San Jacinto River in Houston was not the fault of the paper mill that produced the waste, a state appeals court ruled.
Harris County and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sued International Paper Co. and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance Corp. after the Environmental Protection Agency classified the waste pits as a federal superfund site in 2008. The EPA found that the pits, which are right next to the river, near a bridge for Interstate 10 in east Houston, had leaked dioxin into the river.
The county sought $1.5 billion in civil penalties against McGinnes and International Paper under the 1965 Solid Waste Disposal Act: penalties for every day since 1975, the effective date of the solid waste act, to the date of the EPA's superfund designation.
Just before closing arguments in the 2014 trial, McGinnes settled for $29 million, McGinnes's parent company Waste Management said in a statement.
International Paper contracted with McGinnes in 1965 to dispose of waste from its Pasadena, Texas paper mill. McGinnes was to transport the sludge and dispose of it on land McGinnes purchased.
McGinnes abandoned the site after one year, considering it worthless, the three-judge panel of the First District of Texas said in its Oct. 6 ruling. At the time, paper mill waste was not considered toxic; dioxin was not classified as a dangerous substance until 1985.
The Harris County trial court instructed the jury that International Paper did not own the waste, and the "mere fact" that it had contracted with McGinnes for its disposal was not enough to support the county's discharge theory. The county objected to both instructions.
"Again, we don't think the law permits you to escape liability whether you claimed you owned it or didn't own it," an attorney for the county said during opening statements. "It's whether you caused, suffered, allowed or permitted the pollution of the waters of the State of Texas."
But the jury found International Paper not liable for the leaking sludge pits, and said the county should take nothing on its claims.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dioxin, Furans, and Ailments

For the past several years, I have been observing many people from San Carlos and Globe succumbing to the devastating illness of cancers and like problems. Even though cancer is only one disease there is a myriad of illnesses that we have in epidemic proportions here in Gila and Graham counties mainly due to the use of 2-4-5 TP chemicals (dioxin and furans) aka. ‘agent orange,’ that was sprayed in the 1960’s first in San Carlos then in the Pinal Mountains near Globe, Arizona.
In 1962, the San Carlos Apache Tribe permitted the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the US Geological Survey to test 2-4-5 TP or Agent Orange in the Gila and San Carlos Rivers. The reason for the spraying of our lands was to remove salt cedar vegetation along the river and water ways. Salt cedars soak up and use a lot of water while growing. This is why we can see the salt cedar growth along the Gila River near the Bylas Bridge in mass amounts. The Agent Orange chemical, which is dioxin and furans, has nothing to stop the growing of the salt cedars along the river. In 1970, the US Geological Survey justified the use of the deadliest chemical on earth to remove these invasive Salt Cedars but to no avail.
Rather than removing the Salt Cedar to obtain optimum water runoff from summer torrential rains, we have been invaded with many types of illnesses in our community ranging from birth defects, heart diseases, cancers of all kinds, diabetes type 1 and 2, thyroid problems, memory issues such as Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on and on. Let us come to the reasoning fact that we were used as lab rats to test the effects of the chemical on the body of Apaches and our neighbors in the Globe area in which we are dealing with the causal effect in our bodies to this very day.
Let me remind you that this is the reason why The People are dying almost daily of some abnormal disease. Furthermore, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Alzheimer’s, lymphomas, and other ailments and diseases were never hereditary until its introduction through the spraying of the 2-4-5TP chemical unto our lands, which, in turn, has soaked in the clay sediment strata, thus infecting even the vegetation, wildlife, air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe in, and everything else.

Vets are still dying from burn-pit illnesses, advocates say

Veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan are begging government leaders and the public to keep paying attention to their crippling health problems.
“We write because these veterans are seriously ill, dying or have passed away, and more must be done,” a group of 700 veterans and family members with Burn Pits 360 wrote in an open letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday. “Many of us went to war able to run marathons, but now our health has deteriorated so much that we cannot hold down steady jobs.
“We are misdiagnosed. We are not getting the medical care we urgently need. We need you to act in this, your final year in office.”
The letter comes just days after a Government Accountability Office report found shortfalls in the Defense Department’s monitoring of burn-pit victims, and asks White House officials not to let the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs “sweep us under the rug.”
It also calls for significant changes in how the National Airborne Hazards Open Burn Pit Registry is administered, to allow more families to record veterans’ post-service problems.
“We’re receiving death entries from these families on a weekly basis,” said Rosie Lopez-Torres, executive director of Burn Pits 360. “But the national registry now doesn’t allow you to input a death entry. So there is no record of (those veterans’) illnesses.”
Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials have frequently cited the difficulty of linking troops’ illnesses to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, given the undocumented nature of what was burned in each pit and just how much exposure individual veterans had.
More than 81,000 veterans and current service members are in the registry, reporting illnesses from respiratory fatigue to rare cancers and neurological disorders.

But Lopez-Torres said she has at least 5,000 more cases that aren’t included in that list, because of the reporting restrictions.
“The burn pits are this generation’s Agent Orange, but we are seeing deaths happen after three or five years, instead of decades later,” Torres said. “We cannot afford to wait for another delayed medical study, we need the president and Congress to recognize this crisis is happening now.”

Occidental to pay $165M toward Passaic River cleanup but $1B more needed

One of the nation’s largest chemical companies will pay $165 million to design the cleanup plan for the lower Passaic River under an agreement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials announced Wednesday.
The settlement with Occidental Chemical Corp. of Houston was hailed as a “milestone” by EPA officials. But the agency still has to come up with more than $1 billion to fund the massive dredge-and-cap project that is at least four years away from beginning and a decade away from completion.
EPA officials said they will soon begin negotiating financial settlements with more than 100 companies and public entities that either polluted the waterway or inherited the liability of past polluters. If the companies balk, the EPA will issue an order compelling them to fund the project.
“They are going to be paying these costs sooner or later,” EPA regional Administrator Judith Enck said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
The $1.38 billion project announced in March would remove enough sediment laced with cancer-causing dioxin, PCBs, mercury and other industrial pollution to fill Red Bull Stadium three times.
Those 3.8 million cubic yards would be dredged for eight miles from Newark Bay to Belleville, the worst stretch of pollution in the river’s lower 17 miles. Contaminated sediment would be taken to an out of state landfill.
When the work is done, more than half of the pollution in the river — about 6 million cubic yards of contamination ¬— will remain in the Passaic, covered with sand and other materials. The New Jersey Sierra Club has said the cap will likely degrade quickly due to the strong tidal currents in the Passaic. EPA officials stand by the plan and the long timeline until completion.
“We’re dealing with a century of pollution,” Enck said. “We need a decade to get it cleaned up.”