Get Deadly Chemicals out of Home Products

Target: Edward D. Breen, Chief Executive Officer of Dupont Corporation

Goal: End foreign use of toxic chemical that has caused serious health conditions.

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) is a chemical used in the production of several common items including furniture fabrics, carpeting, food paper packaging and most notably Teflon. As the substance has been in widespread use since the 1950s, over 99 percent of American adults carry at least trace amounts of PFOA in their system. While a small amount of PFOA is not viewed as harmful, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has indicated ingestion of toxic levels of the chemical can cause several serious chronic maladies including thyroid disease, high cholesterol, liver damage and cancer.

The chemical giant Dupont agreed to pay out over $600 million to 3,000 plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit over the contamination of drinking water with PFOA in a community located near one of their Teflon manufacturing plants. In response to several similar legal cases highlighting the growing evidence of negative health impacts associated with PFOA, the EPA worked out agreement with Dupont and seven other companies to phase out use of the chemical in the United States by 2015.

Over the past 10 years China has become the largest producer of PFOA due to loose environmental regulations, enforcement and strict limits on corporate liability. Until 2016, Chinese citizens were not permitted to sue foreign companies for environmental contamination. Free from the EPA’s jurisdiction, Dupont invested $80 million in the construction of a massive new Teflon plant in one of the many rapidly growing industrial cities in China. Unsurprisingly there have already been signs of water contamination and the associated health and environmental impacts that come along with PFOA. Testing of waterways around the Dupont plant found concentrations of PFOA 148,000 times over the level deemed safe by the EPA. In interviews conducted by The Intercept, many residents indicated that rivers once teeming with fish were now almost completely barren, devastating what used to be a vital industry.

We cannot continue to allow for an unchecked corporate culture that is rewarded for shifting the production of dangerous chemicals to other countries. Please sign the below petition calling on the CEO of Dupont to end the production of PFOA worldwide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Breen,

I am writing to demand that you cease all production of Perfluorooctanoic Acid. This chemical has been shown to cause thyroid diseases, cancer and high cholesterol when ingested by humans. As you know Dupont recently settled a class-action lawsuit for $600 million involving over 3,000 plaintiffs whose water was contaminated with PFOA in the Ohio Valley.

In response to the agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to end domestic production of PFOA, you have shifted these operations to China, where extremely high levels of the chemical have already been found in water sources near Dupont plants. It is morally reprehensible to continue production of a chemical known to be toxic to humans with no accountability for its storage or transport. Please stop producing PFOA worldwide for the sake of human and environmental health.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. DUPONT QUIT POLLUTING THE EARTH NOW.

  2. Dupont should be held accountable for all the damage they have done WORLDWIDE. NO country should allow them to just come in and devastate their land and wildlife.

  3. Death to evildoers! Destruction of planet, animals, people,trees, air, water will lead to harsh Judgment, come Judgment Day. Satan’s people will then get what they deserve, once, and for all. This blessed event cannot happen soon enough.

  4. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    MR. Breen and the stupid CEO, sod Dupont should have this toxic put into their foods and homes feel the impact of the pollution that they cause!!

  5. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠

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