The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

Paperback | June 15, 2012

byBenjamin Ross, Steven Amter

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The chemical pollution that irrevocably damages today's environment is, although many would like us to believe otherwise, the legacy of conscious choices made long ago. During the years before and just after World War II, discoveries like leaded gasoline and DDT came to market, creating newhazards even as the expansion and mechanization of industry exacerbated old ones. Dangers still felt today - smog, pesticides, lead, chromium, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, even global warming - were already recognized by chemists, engineers, doctors, and business managers of that era. A fewcourageous individuals spoke out without compromise, but still more ignored scientific truth in pursuit of money and prestige.The Polluters reveals at last the crucial decisions that allowed environmental issues to be trumped by political agendas. It spotlights the leaders of the chemical industry and describes how they applied their economic and political power to prevent the creation of an effective system ofenvironmental regulation. Research was slanted, unwelcome discoveries were suppressed, and friendly experts were placed in positions of influence, as science was subverted to serve the interests of business. The story of The Polluters is one that needs to be told, an unflinching depiction of theonslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects.

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The chemical pollution that irrevocably damages today's environment is, although many would like us to believe otherwise, the legacy of conscious choices made long ago. During the years before and just after World War II, discoveries like leaded gasoline and DDT came to market, creating newhazards even as the expansion and mechanizatio...

Benjamin Ross is President of the Washington consulting firm, Disposal Safety, Inc. He is both environmental scientist and commentator on current affairs, and has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the USEPA Science Advisory Board. Steven Amter is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Disposal Safety, Inc. who ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Sorcerer's ApprenticesPart I - Summoning the Spirits2. Pollution Goes to Washington3. The Rise of the Chemical Industry4. Royd Sayers' Service BureauPart II - Fetching a Flood5. The Miracle Bug-Killer6. Wilhelm Hueper and Environmental Cancer7. Bad Air in Los Angeles8. Donora's Strangler Smog9. A New Deal for Clean Water10. Deregulating California's Water11. The Stealth PollutantsPart III - Holding Back the Deluge12. DuPont Tries to Clean Up13. The Industry Responds14. From Donora to Love Canal15. Epilogue: Convenient Hopes and Inconvenient Truths