The Alliance For A Clean Environment

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Donna Cuthbert
Press Conference Statement

"Greater Pottstown area residents are just like the people in the Blue Vinyl movie from Louisiana, whose health is jeopardized from living around vinyl plants."

Our air is being poisoned by Occidental Chemical in Pottstown, one of the largest emitters in the nation of vinyl chloride, a documented potent human carcinogen.

Given the shocking cancer statistics in the region, there is little doubt that Occidental's enormous vinyl chloride emissions are a major factor.

Each year Occidental emits over 100,000 pounds of vinyl chloride into our air, (130,000 pounds in 1999).

Exposure to this amount of vinyl chloride, year after year, obviously takes its toll and cancer is not the only health risk.

The more PVC Occidental produces, the more dioxin we breathe. Everyone in the nation is at dangerous levels of dioxin in their bodies but we are at far greater risk.

"EPA says people living near sources of dioxin, are at far greater risk from harmful health effects of dioxin than the average American, because they are also forced to breathe dioxin."

"While Louisiana residents have exposures from multiple vinyl plants, Greater Pottstown area residents are exposed to hazardous health effects of PVC from the cradle and the grave."

PVC is toxic from the "cradle to the grave." Greater Pottstown area residents are exposed to the cradle where PVC is made at (Occidental) and the grave where PVC is buried at the Pottstown Landfill.

    1. While Louisiana residents have many vinyl chloride plants, we have one of the largest vinyl chloride emitters in the nation. The more vinyl chloride, the more dioxin.

    2. There are 5 potential combustion sources creating dioxin by-products at the Pottstown Landfill. 2 full time and 1 part time flare and 2 turbines. We are exposed to this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • Is it any wonder that so many of our children have learning disabilities, and ADD?
    • Is it any wonder that so many of us suffer from immune system damage and nervous system damage and all the other harmful effects of dioxin?

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Stowe, PA 19464

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