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From: Lion Kuntz
Subject: Part 2, The Enemy Never Sleeps: AgBioView, Prakash, CEI,
Corporate Serial Murderers, and Trewas
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The Enemy Never Sleeps: AgBioView, Prakash, CEI, Corporate Serial Murderers, and Trewas
When I use the term "Corporate Serial Murderers", I am specifically thinking about ANNISTON, ALABAMA, as just one specific example:
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2002/as-calhoun-0223-ebluemink-2b22u2533.htm Jury rules against Monsanto
By Elizabeth Bluemink Star Environmental Correspondent 02-23-2002
Plaintiffs in the Monsanto trial achieved an initial victory against the company and its spinoff, Solutia, Friday.
After five hours of deliberation in two days, the Monsanto trial jury reached a verdict shortly after 9 a.m. Friday that Monsanto and Solutia are legally responsible for polluting the Anniston area and people's blood with PCBs.
The Bowie v. Monsanto case, begun in 1996, is far from over, with approximately 3,500 individual claims left to be presented to the Gadsden jury. Several hundred plaintiffs say they are sick from Monsanto's PCBs, but their injury claims will not be presented for at least a month. Moreover, the jury will not award monetary damages to the plaintiffs until the entire trial is over, and that could be several months from now, Calhoun County Circuit Judge Joel Laird told The Star Friday afternoon.
http://www.communityagainstpollution.org/fr_index.html?/monsanto_pfizer.htm Monsanto/Pfizer* and PCBs History
1929 to 2003 - Pfizer's* PCB Tar Baby Trail to Anniston
Through mergers and acquisitions, this history traces the trail of how Pfizer*, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, acquired what the Washington Post describes as "one of the most polluted patches of America," saturated with PCB liability. ...
...Fall 1966 Monsanto hires Mississippi State University biologist Denzel Ferguson to conduct studies around its Anniston plant. Dr. Ferguson arrives with tanks of bluegill fish, caged in cloth containers and submerged at various points along nearby Snow Creek, which runs through the neighborhood. HE REPORTS TO MONSANTO THAT ALL FISH TURNED BELLY-UP WITHIN 10-SECONDS, SPURTING BLOOD AND SHEDDING SKIN AS IF DUNKED INTO BOILING WATER AND THAT "ALL WERE DEAD IN 3 1/2 MINUTES." Mack Finley, a former Ferguson grad student, now an aquatic biologist, said "Their skin would literally slough off, like a blood blister on the bottom of your foot."
Ferguson concludes that the problem is the "extremely toxic" wastewater flowing directly from the Monsanto plant into Snow Creek, and then into the larger Choccolocco Creek, where he noted similar "die-offs." The outflow, he calculated, "would probably kill fish when diluted 1,000 times or so." He warned Monsanto: "Since this is a surface stream that passes through residential areas, it may represent a potential source of danger to children." He urged Monsanto to clean up Snow Creek, and stop dumping untreated waste there. MONSANTO DOES NOT RELEASE THE STUDY FINDINGS.
...1969 Monsanto officials found fish in another creek with 7,500 times the legal PCB levels. THEY DECIDED IN A WRITTEN MEMO,"THERE IS LITTLE OBJECT IN GOING TO EXPENSIVE EXTREMES IN LIMITING DISCHARGES."
...February 22, 2002 The state court jury rules against Solutia/Monsanto Co./ Pharmacia on 6 counts: negligence, wantonness, trespass, nuisance, suppression and outrage, all stemming from allowing PCBs made at a chemical plant in Anniston, Ala., to get into surrounding land and water and for concealing that fact. See the St. Louis Post Dispatch article.
http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/intro.asp The story of Anniston is a cautionary tale. Monsanto's internal documents, many of which are being posted here for the first time for the world to finally see, uncover a shocking story of corporate deception and dangerous secrets. As The Washington Post revealed [Monsanto Hid Decades of Pollution" (front page, Jan. 1, 2002) and "In Dirt, Water and Hogs, Town Got Its Fill of PCBs" (Jan. 1, 2002).], Monsanto hid its advanced knowledge of the health effects and vast PCB pollution problems from the public and - most importantly - from its closest neighbors, the people of Anniston. While the documents provide a glimpse into Monsanto's corporate culture, a spokesperson for a Monsanto spin-off corporation, Solutia, has repeatedly asserted that the company is "really pretty proud of what we did" and that Monsanto "did what any company would do, even today."
The Monsanto-Solutia public relations propaganda being used to counter these revelations is replete with assertions that press coverage has been unfair, based on comments from its documents "taken out of context."
Now, the world can read the story of Anniston, in context, and in Monsanto's own words.
The Monsanto documents posted on this website surfaced from a series of lawsuits brought by Anniston residents, including Owens v. Monsanto, 96-CV-440, (N.D. Ala.). The Owens case settled in April 2001 for $43 million dollars. The current case Abernathy v. Monsanto, CV-2001-832 (now called Bowie v. Monsanto), Etowah County Circuit Court, is in trial now. Besides questions of who will pay to clean up Anniston, these court cases, and the documents emerging from them, raise a more contemporary question:
If Monsanto hid what it knew about its toxic pollution for decades, what is the company hiding from the public now?
This question seems particularly important to us as this powerful company asks the world to trust it with a worldwide, high-stakes gamble with the environmental and human health consequences of its genetically modified foods. ...
http://www.umich.edu/~snre492/Jones/anniston.htm Environmental Justice Case Study:
The People of Anniston, Alabama vs Monsanto
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0101-02.htm Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2002 in the Washington Post Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution PCBs Drenched Ala. Town, But No One Was Ever Told
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0106-03.htm Published on Sunday, January 6, 2002 in the St Louis Post-Dispatch Corporate Ethics The Story of Anniston Editorial
THE story of Anniston, Alabama, provides a chilling glimpse of the dark side of corporate culture. Decades ago, the St. Louis-based Monsanto company -- now known as Solutia Inc. -- reaped the benefits of a 40-year monopoly on the production of PCBs, an industrial coolant since outlawed as a pollutant and human health hazard. The Monsanto factory in Anniston discharged so much toxic waste into a nearby creek that fish turned belly-up within 10 seconds. As early as 1970, PCB contamination was also found in wastewater and creeks in Sauget.
Millions of pounds of PCBs were dumped into open-pit landfills. The Washington Post describes what remains of Anniston as "one of the most polluted patches of America."...
http://www.ewg.org/reports/anniston/shelbyletter.html Anniston, Alabama: In-Depth Pollution, Contamination, Betrayal...
http://www.ewg.org/reports/whitman/index.php Groups Want Whitman to Explain How Monsanto Escaped Crackdown for Decades of PCB Pollution
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ So, what does this have to do with CEI, for example? Or AgBioWorld/AgBioView? Review these links...
http://www.ecosyn.us/scum02.html "Killer Koch Brothers" and "Competitive Enterprise Institute" google linkages
Addition posts made previously on SANET (in the ARCHIVES) and http://p4p.blogspot.com add further details: http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0312&L=sanet-mg&P=R17887&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0204&L=sanet-mg&P=R31663&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0312&L=sanet-mg&P=R16179&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0311&L=sanet-mg&P=R9388&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0311&L=sanet-mg&P=R7119&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0207&L=sanet-mg&P=R14077&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0206&L=sanet-mg&P=R6718&I=-3 http://lists.ifas.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind0202&L=sanet-mg&P=R2178&I=-3
http://www.mediatransparency.org/search_results/info_on_any_recipient.php?recipientID=81 Competitive Enterprise Institute ... postures as an advocate of "sound science" in the development of public policy. In fact, it is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business. (PR Watch) ... $100,000 General Operating Support. David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 50,000 General Operating Support David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 50,000 General Operating Support David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 50,000 General Operating Support David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 25,000 General Operating Support David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General David H. Koch Charitable Foundation
... $ 25,000 General Operating Support. Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ... $ 95,000 Educational Programs Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ... $ 40,000 Educational Programs Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ... $ 20,000 Educational Programs Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ... $ 35,000 General Program Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ... $ 10,000 General Program Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation