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ALERT: GOVERNMENT COVER-UP... TEFLON BYPRODUCT POLLUTING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

A government scientist has been forced to resign, after discovering dangerous
levels of a toxic chemical in the Mississippi River. The toxins, specifically
known as perfluoronated chemicals (PFCs), are a byproduct of the manufacture of
a number of products including Teflon and Scotchgard. In late 2005, Dr. Oliaei
Fardin found dangerous levels of PFC's in the Mississippi River downstream from
a 3M Corporation's dumping site in Minnesota. 3M had been dumping 50,000 pounds
of the toxic chemical in the river every year, in a heavily populated
metropolitan area, where the river serves as the main drinking water source for
Minneapolis and St. Paul. PFCs have caused birth defects and deaths in animal
studies and are considered a likely human carcinogen. Fardin, a scientist at the
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, found levels of PFCs in the area's fish that
were the highest ever discovered in the world. Following her discovery, she was
unable to get the state to issue a public health advisory, as would normally be
required by law. After she filed a federal whistleblower's lawsuit against the
agency, Fardin was forced to resign by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's
Commissioner, a former Executive of 3M. Her research, which has now been halted,
would have helped assess how far downstream the chemical contamination had
traveled in the Mississippi River, one of the nation's largest waterways and
municipal water sources. Please send a letter to the EPA, MPCA, and Minnesota
Governor Pawlenty demanding the 3M Corporation be fined for chemical cleanup
costs. Take action here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd-pfc.cfm
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