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The DuPont Company – technically, E.I. DuPont de Nemours –announced the United States approval of its planned merger with Dow Chemical to shareholders on June 15, 2017. That merger of chemical titans, each with a legacy of toxic environmental impacts, was previously approved by the European Union and China, among others. The news has left many environmental activists and public health advocates concerned about both companies escaping from any liability for the decades of damage caused by their products and corporate practices. In the case of Dow, the 1984 Bhopal tragedy in India killed up to 15,000 people following a chemical leak that exposed a half-million people to deadly methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, in what is the world’s worst and still-litigated industrial disaster in history.

Yet DuPont is accountable for what may be an even larger slow-motion disaster, because over decades the traces of its C8 product, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have been found in nearly every corner of the globe and every human alive. For decades, the company’s knowledge that a product introduced in 1938 was implicated in a range of human health impacts was hidden from view; the subsequent unraveling of that duplicity and years of lawsuits are well-documented. Less well known are the consequences of GenX, the chemical DuPont developed to replace C8 when it agreed to a phaseout.

DuPont introduced GenX in 2009. The chemical composition was touted as safer in several respects, including a much shorter biological clearance time than C8. The company also promised new “exposure control strategy” to prevent chemical leaks from the processing. Both the mitigation of environmental hazards and public health risks factored into West Virginia’s approval for DuPont to manufacture the chemical at Washington Works, a plant at ground zero of the company’s liability for toxic C8 exposure.

Yet in June 2017, no sooner than the DuPont-Dow merger success was announced, came word of high levels of GenX in waters on the North Carolina coast. It’s also been found in Ohio and West Virginia.

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Spotlight on China

Domestic media reported that a red-mud reservoir at Sanmenxia in Mianchi County failed at approximately half past six in the afternoon of December 15th. The reservoir, operated by East Hope Sanmenxia Aluminum Co., Ltd. reportedly flooded the area with toxic tailings, leading to the immediate death of at least two individuals. Local emergency-management officials, including representatives from the occupational safety bureau, the health department, and local law enforcement, organized a response shortly after the dam’s failure. The latest reports available indicate that such personnel are continuing the emergency response and initiating disaster-mitigation operations.

This is not the first red-mudslide to occur in the area in recent months. Another such incident occurred in early August in another location in Mianchi County, at the Henan Xiangjiang Wanji Aluminum Co., Ltd. The plant was shut down only days before due to the weakening of the dam holding in the substantial reservoir, and three hundred residents were evacuated from the area. The county government called in industry experts to inspect all four red-mud reservoirs in the area after the spill, and prompted local metals firms Sanmenxia Aluminum Co. and Yixiang Aluminum Co. as well as local municipal governments to conduct inspections of their own as well, with orders to report back with their findings. What’s more, in July 2016, the government of Mianchi Country checked East Hope’s red mud field following reports about ground water contamination. The company was exonerated shortly afterwards, after local officials found no proof for the complaint.

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