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OPPT NEWSBREAK Wednesday, 9 July 1997
Today's "Toxic News for the Net" brought to you by the OPPT
"Class-Action Settlement Proposal Is Upset by Supreme Court
Ruling [Law]." Wall Street Journal, 10 July 97, B10.
This column looks at the implications of the class action
settlement proposal rejected by the Supreme Court. Public
interest groups and academics say large companies have been
able to manipulate settlement rules so that certain suits
cannot be brought by individuals who should have standing to
"Pulp Friction: All-Star Dioxin Protest [The Reliable Source]."
Washington Post, 9 July 97, C3.
Among those expected to show up at Lafayette Square at noon
tomorrow to participate in a Greenpeace-sponsored rally to
protest dioxin poisoning are Perry Farrell and his band,
Porno for Pyros; singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked; Lois
Gibbs, a former resident of Love Canal; and members of the
British band James.
"Sterilizer Is to Replace Incinerator in Bronx." New York Times,
10 July 97, A26.
A medical waste incinerator that was shut down by
neighborhood residents in the South Bronx last month will be
replaced by an autoclave, a device that sterilizes refuse
with superheated steam that turns it into harmless trash.
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July 8, 1997
FROM GREENPEACE, Greenbase Project
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2 Asahi News Service JULY 8, 1997, FEAR SPREADS OF DIOXIN IN MILK
TOKYO Japanese mothers are concerned about how much dioxin, a
cancer-causing substance, could be finding its way into their
babies through breast milk, despite reassurances from a recent
3 07/08 Dioxin-Chickens GINA HOLLAND JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A component in
dioxin-tainted chicken feed has apparently been traced to a north
Mississippi clay mine, officials said Tuesday. The federal Environmental
Protection Agency has been trying to pinpoint the source of elevated dioxin
4 US FDA stops catfish, egg shipments over dioxin WASHINGTON, July 7
(Reuter) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told commercial catfish and
egg producers on Monday not to ship certain human food products it said may
contain the deadly chemical dioxin. The action is the latest step the FDA
5 Vietnam seeks U.S. money for Agent Orange victims HANOI, July 8 (Reuter)
- Hanoi said on Tuesday it had asked government agencies to detail the
impact of chemical defoliants used by the United States during the Vietnam
War as part of a renewed drive to win compensation from Washington.
6 U.S. court overturns EPA rule on import of chemicals Adrian Croft
SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuter) - A federal appeals court on
Monday overturned a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
regulation that allowed a toxic chemical to be imported into the [PCB's]
4 EU Commission hints at anti-PVC measures BRUSSELS, July 9 (Reuter) The
European Commission hinted on Wednesday at future EU measures to limit the
use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), saying it would study the plastic and the
pollutants released during its incineration.
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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 10:48:40 +0000
Subject: Lollapalooza and GP Unite to Expose Dioxin Danger
LOLLAPALOOZA AND GREENPEACE UNITE TO EXPOSE THE DANGERS OF
DIOXIN; PEACE RALLY IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE
PROTEST, CLINTON/GORE RETREAT ON DIOXIN POLICY
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Perry Farrell, Michelle Shocked, James Perform
WASHINGTON, DC, July 10, 1997 - Lollapalooza and Greenpeace
joined forces today to popularize the fight against dioxin with
a peace rally in front the White House in Lafayette Park.
Peaceful protesters are expected to participate in the event.
Perry Farrell, Michelle Shocked, and British band James came
together in the nation's capital to educate the youth of America
on the hazards of dioxin, the invisible poison. Dioxin is one
of the most poisonous chemicals ever produced and through our
food supply, presents serious health threats to the entire
Perry Farrell, along with WHFS radio personality Kathryn Lauren,
are serving as the masters of ceremonies. There will be
acoustic performances by Farrell & Porno For Pyros, Michelle
Shocked with the Union Temple Youth Choir, James, and music from
DJ Feelgood. The rally features noted experts on the many
effects of Dioxin, including Lois Gibbs, author of "Dying From
Dioxin"; Terri Swearingen, incinerator activist; Menelika
McCarthy, Louisiana activist; and Bill Walsh, Greenpeace Toxics
campaigner. Activities also include a massive "die-in" to
symbolically memorialize the victims of dioxin death and
Farrell, who founded Lollapalooza seven years ago and made
dioxin awareness part of this year's tour says, "We haven't had
a good old-fashioned American protest for a decade or two. I
don't believe that anyone would argue about the need for the
world to be cleaner. I want the universe to be in harmony."
Most people are unaware that dioxin is silently released into
the environment whenever chlorine-based products are
manufactured or burned. Production, use, and disposal of PVC
is the largest source of dioxin in the environment. The
rally's purpose is to inform the public about what can be done
to impact this problem such as buying only chlorine- free
paper products and avoiding use of PVC plastic #3 - also
"Dioxin is found in all of our bodies at dangerous levels.
There is no safe dose of dioxin. Yet each time Clinton and Gore
have had the opportunity to eliminate a major source - such as
incinerators, paper mills or PVC factory expansions - they have
backed down under pressure from corporate polluters," said
Greenpeace toxics campaigner Bill Walsh.
For the first time in Lollapalooza's seven year history, the
festival is focusing on one social/political topic - the
environment, namely the festival's commitment to the dioxin
issue. Lollapalooza '97 features the Greenhouse, an
environmental pavillion located in the festival concourse,
devoted to educating concert goers on environmental issues.
This year's Lollapalooza features mainstage artists Damain &
Julian Marley, James, Korn, Tricky, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tool,
Orbital, Prodigy, Orb, and Devo. Lollapalooza ends August 16 in