The Butte Environmental Council has launched an educational campaign
in Oroville to help alert citizens to the dioxin contamination that has
plagued the southern part of town for decades. Billboards demanding
action and a series of public forums have been funded by grants from
Ventura-based outdoor-clothing company Patagonia Inc. and the Clif Bar Family Foundation.
Mark Stemen, president of BEC’s board of directors, said Clif Bar and
Patagonia both have campaigns aimed at helping low-income communities
deal with the toxic problems they may face.
“They were very inspired by the issues and the work we’ve been doing in south Oroville,” Stemen said.
Dioxins have been linked to human reproductive and developmental
problems, damaged immune systems and cancer. In 2007, a report by the
California Department of Public Health on cancer data found 23 cases of
pancreatic cancer in Oroville in 2004 and 2005, which was twice the
expected number. No official cause was ever cited, however.
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