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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 new hazards 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 few courageous 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 of environmental 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 the onslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects.

About the Author

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 specializes in the history of pollution.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Sorcerer's Apprentices

Part I - Summoning the Spirits

Chapter 2 - Pollution Goes to Washington

Chapter 3 - The Rise of the Chemical Industry

Chapter 4 - Royd Sayers' Service Bureau

Part II - Fetching a Flood

Chapter 5 - The Miracle Bug-Killer

Chapter 6 - Wilhelm Hueper and Environmental Cancer

Chapter 7 - Bad Air in Los Angeles

Chapter 8 - Donora's Strangler Smog

Chapter 9 - A New Deal for Clean Water

Chapter 10 - Deregulating California's Water

Chapter 11 - The Stealth Pollutants

Part III - Holding Back the Deluge

Chapter 12 - DuPont Tries to Clean Up

Chapter 13 - The Industry Responds

Chapter 14 - From Donora to Love Canal

Chapter 15 - Epilogue: Convenient Hopes and Inconvenient Truths

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Ross, Benjamin
Oxford University Press, USA
Amter, Steven
Environmental Science
Chemistry | Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Studies-General
Earth Sciences | Energy & Environmental Science
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