Japanese Owned Factory (Denka) Causing Cancer in Louisiana

The former Dupont chemical plant, now owned by Denka, in Reserve, Louisiana. Photograph: Bryan Tarnowski/The Guardian

Health Editor’s Note: In 2010 the EPA scientifically assessed chloroprene and found that it was likely to cause cancer in humans. The Japanese owned Denka factory has fought to discredit science that proves this. Denka bought the facility in 2015 from DuPont. At that time the property adjacent to the factory has cancer rates 50% higher than any where else in the U.S.

You will recognize the DuPont name as the company that manufactured Teflon which has since proven to also cause cancers. Teflon was created by a laboratory accident which DuPont patented in 1945. Teflon was used to coat pots and pans and proved to be be a money-making panacea as the sales peaked in 2004 at a billion $ as year.  Then DuPont began using C8 (Perfluorooctanoic acid), purchases at first from 3M,to smooth out any lumpiness found in the Teflon. C8 went on to be used in any product that wanted quick spread  (surfactant) such as Tide, fast food wrappers, waterproof clothing, pizza boxes, and electric cables. Virtually every human will have a trace of C8 in his or her body.

Denka, again a Japanese owned factory, has been relentlessness in it attempts to continue to manufacture a product that is giving Americans cancer. Not long after Trump’s election. the conpany campaigned to get Trump’s transition team to stop the EPA saying the science was faulty and inflated the risks.  Then they pulled the “people will lose jobs” card, if they were shut down…..Despicable!…….Carol

Revealed: Denka lobbied to undermine science behind ‘likely’ cancer-causing toxin

The Guardian

Facing public pressure to rein in its pollution, a Japanese chemical manufacturer has instead launched an aggressive, years-long campaign to undermine the science showing that its compounds could cause cancer, according to newly released documents reviewed by the Guardian.

Chloroprene, the primary constituent of the synthetic rubber neoprene, is the major air pollutant in the town of Reserve, Louisiana, an area which according to the Environment Protection Agency has the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins anywhere in the US.

The town, and the chemicals plant operated by Denka Performance Elastomer, is the subject of a year-long Guardian reporting project, Cancer Town.

Robert Taylor, director of the Concerned Citizens of St John – the community group leading the fight for clean air in the town – said a reversal of the EPA classification would be “devastating” for his fellow residents.

“I think it’s very audacious of them to challenge all of this work that the government has done. To me it’s indicative of how callous these people are and how they really just don’t care about the people here,” Taylor, who has numerous relatives that have died of cancer he blames on the plant, said.

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