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DuPont decides not to poison the water more

January 16, 2007

Money and frustration led DuPont to make an unprecedented decision earlier this month: not to dump more poison in our river. It’s not because of any environmental epiphany or doubts about safety that the E.I. DuPont de Nemours company has decided not to treat VX hydrolysate at it’s Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, NJ. It’s because the NJ government fought a heroic battle to block it. The state regulators made it so difficult for DuPont to continue that the ailing company just gave it up. Nevermind the fact the the hydrolysate is an extremely dangerous and corrosive substance that the Chemical Depot in Newport, Indiana has already had a contained spill. Also, nevermind that the Delaware Audubon Society had joined in a suit against the treatment plan.

I guess all’s well that ends well, but I can’t help but be a little disappointed that the Delaware government didn’t even make a negligible protest against this from day one (3 years ago). I guess when a state already has a ridiculously high cancer rate among its citizens, dumping treated nerve agent into the water is just a drop in the bucket.

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