For years, I’ve been attempting to impart a easy idea that Superman will not be coming.
Dare I say, I had hopes that this new administration would usher within the dawning of a brand new day. As picks for President-elect Joe Biden’s Environmental Safety Company (EPA) transition group had been introduced, I felt involved and disheartened a couple of chemical trade insider being on the checklist. Are you kidding me?
Michael McCabe, a former worker of Biden and a former deputy Environmental Safety Company administrator, later jumped ship to work as a guide on communication technique for DuPont throughout a time when the chemical firm was trying to struggle laws of their star chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) also called C8. The poisonous artifical chemical is utilized in every thing from waterproof garments, stain-resistant textiles and meals packaging to non-stick pans. The compound has been linked to lowered fertility, most cancers and liver harm. The Guardian reported this week that Harvard faculty of public well being professor Philippe Grandjean, who research environmental well being, warns that PFAS chemical substances, of which PFOA is one, may cut back the efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine.
This smells of the daybreak of the identical outdated. To cite the Who: meet the brand new boss, similar because the outdated boss.
It ought to go with out saying that somebody who suggested DuPont on how one can keep away from laws is not somebody we would like advising this new administration.
PFOA pollutes the blood of practically each American and might go from mom to unborn little one within the womb. This poisonous product of trade is a steady compound not simply damaged down within the atmosphere or within the human physique, giving it the nickname “forever chemical”. Scientists have discovered it in dwelling beings throughout the globe – from animals dwelling within the depths of the ocean to birds on distant islands.
The Environmental Safety Company has set no enforceable nationwide consuming water limits for perfluorinated chemical substances, together with PFOA. Tens of 1000’s of neighborhood consuming water methods throughout the nation have by no means even examined for these contaminants.
McCabe began managing DuPont’s communications with the EPA concerning the poisonous chemical in 2003, in line with an article within the Intercept. This was the time wherein DuPont confronted a barrage of litigation after the corporate dumped 7,100 tons of PFOA-filled waste in West Virginia, which made its means into the consuming water of 100,000 folks. Numerous members of the neighborhood confronted debilitating diseases in consequence. The authorized battle with the corporate was was the movie Darkish Waters in 2019.
Thoughts you, DuPont suspected that their product was dangerous for the reason that 1960s – experiments they performed in 1961 confirmed that PFOS affected the livers of canine and rabbits. McCabe’s work inevitably contributed to staving off expensive clean-up and extra regulation complications for the corporate.
Are we the folks purported to belief a former DuPont man in a transition group tasked with reviewing the Chemical Security Board? Is that this how the newly elected management desires to begin what is meant to be a therapeutic and unifying administration? Are we already falling again on the outdated and antiquated, hide-and-seek, conceal, dodge and deny management or are you going to return out and be the change and the hope wanted in relation to the atmosphere?
I don’t see how choosing somebody from trade is transferring us towards that aim.
The science is in. Analysis has linked publicity to this chemical to the next diseases: kidney and testicular most cancers, ulcerative colitis, thyroid illness, pregnancy-induced hypertension and excessive ldl cholesterol.
This newly elected president says we have to take heed to the science. Are you actually listening to the science or are you listening to an trade insider, who’s controlling the message?
With a scarcity of federal steering on these harmful chemical substances, states have been left to create their very own guidelines to implement steering and laws. This chemical, and others prefer it, have been poisoning us for many years. Now’s the time to behave.
This isn’t about being rightwing or leftwing. It doesn’t matter what aspect of the aisle you might be on. We can’t hold making picks from this inside, leaving we the folks, as soon as once more on the skin.
What is going to it take to get our management to work with the folks?
Cease working in opposition to and individually out of your communities. Put your transition group on the bottom and make them discuss with these affected by these chemical substances. Exit and see for your self, be taught and listen to from those that you characterize about what the heck is going on to them on the bottom – these dwelling and respiration within the poisonous mess we have now created.
It’s time to hold your promise and provides the folks a voice and a seat the desk with a view to discover a significant resolution for the atmosphere and for the folks. Don’t shut the door on us once more.
We’re on this mess as a result of we proceed to do the identical outdated factor.
Allow us to not neglect the place these chemical substances got here from and who’s answerable for placing them in the environment. Allow us to not convey the fox again into the hen home. DuPont executives should not have any place within the Environmental Safety Company.
I name on Joe Biden to do the precise factor.