Cancer and Industrial Pollution
By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019
The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
By Evan Winters, 27 July 2019
After a fire last year disabled pollution controls, US Steel continued operating its Clairton Coke Plant, exposing the population to pollution levels exceeding those in Beijing, China.
By Jacob Crosse, 22 March 2019
Residents of Deer Park and Galena Park, east of the Texas city, have been the most affected by the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 November 2017
A lawsuit brought by students at the University of Chicago charges US Steel with dumping chromium into Lake Michigan, following a spill which dumped hundreds of pounds of a toxic compound.
By Terry Cook, 18 October 2011
The inquiry was part of a damage control exercise to placate Newcastle residents and head off any genuine probing of the incident’s underlying causes.
By Peter Byrne and SEP candidate for Broadmeadows, 30 October 2010
The state Labor government is trying to use another official inquiry to head off anger among residents over an apparent cancer cluster around the Tullamarine Hazardous Waste Landfill.
By Dan Brennan, 3 September 2009
Mercury is polluting streams across the country with alarming frequency, according to a study published last month by US Geological Survey.
By Clement Daly, 13 May 2009
The village of Crestwood, Illinois, knowingly supplied its residents with contaminated tap water for over two decades, according to an investigative report by the Chicago Tribune.
1 November 2008
The following letter was sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to the article, “Canadian Government defends export of asbestos to poorer nations.”
Report confirms Workers Inquiry findings
By Peter Stavropoulos, 10 February 1999
BHP's Wollongong steelworks has been identified as Australia's largest source of emissions of dioxins--highly toxic chemicals that have been linked to birth defects and cancer, including lymphoma and leukaemia. A report by the environmental group Greenpeace cites estimates by the state Environmental Protection Agency that the Port Kembla complex releases 29 grams of dioxins into the air each year, with the greatest concentration in the sinter plant. BHP's Newcastle plant is the second highest source--emitting 24 grams a year.
Industry link to leukaemia and cancer confirmed
By Mike Head, 7 April 1998
Following a challenge by a state government agency, the Workers Inquiry into the leukaemia and cancer crisis in the Australian steel city of Wollongong has issued comprehensive new figures confirming a close relationship between cancer and industrial pollution.
A Civil Action, by Jonathan Harr, Vintage Books, New York, 1996
By Book Review By Peter Stavropoulos, 21 February 1998
This book, though written as a gripping novel, is a true story. It chronicles the tortured history of a court case mounted against three major US companies. They were accused of dumping poisonous chemicals that caused leukaemia deaths and severe health problems among children and entire families in the town of Woburn, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.