What happened at Alkali Lake, Oregon?

Something seems wrong about leaving 1,250,000 gallons of toxic waste unattended in leaky barrels.

Was it a bad idea?

Was it negligence?

Or, was it the "The Perfect Crime"?

This is just a portion of the 25,000 barrels containing dioxins such as TCDD and other toxic residues trucked out to remote part of the Oregon desert, stacked up on wooden pallets in leaking and corroding containers and left. The barrels remained abandoned there contaminating the area for years before being crushed and run over by bulldozers which finally spilled the remainder of lethal toxin into the air, water and soil near Alkali Lake, Oregon. And then it was all covered up.

Who did all this?

Why did they do all this?

What else was done?

What is the final result and is there one?

These are just some of the questions we are asking and hope to answer.

"TCDD is the most toxic member of the 75 dioxins"1

"The TCDD found in Agent Orange is thought to be harmful to man. In laboratory tests on animals, TCDD has caused a wide variety of diseases, many of them fatal. TCDD is not found in nature, but rather is a man-made and always unwanted byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process. The Agent Orange used in Vietnam was later found to be extremely contaminated with TCDD. "2

What do you do with the "unwanted byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process" such as TCDD from the manufacture of Agent Orange?

You put in in Lake County, Oregon.

Why Lake County?

Because it is one of the largest counties and least populated ones in Oregon. It has very few voters.

Is that the best thing to do with it?

No, but it is the cheapest.

We have local concerns about dioxin from the production of Agent Orange. The residue for that production was dumped at Alkali Lake including at least 25,000 barrels of toxic residue and then crushed into the ground by the State of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality and literally covered up. There are reports of barrels leaking when they arrived; truck drivers not permitted to get out of their trucks at the site; tanker trucks spraying toxic residues in shallow ditches and even spreading these oily toxic residues on the local airstrip to keep the dust down.

There are also reports of high rates of cancers associated with TCDD, sick livestock, spontaneous abortions of livestock and two headed calves...

What happened and is happening at Alkali Lake?

What is the truth?


The corrosive and unstable nature of this method of disposal barrels was clearly negligent. It should be obvious that those who are responsible did this for reasons of expedience and economics. They simply had the barrels placed in a remote location with a callous disregard for the safety and health of those who were eventually exposed and possibly have suffered and even died.

Local citizens are striving to discover the extent of the damage and compel the government and those responsible to clean up the problem and make amends for injuries caused by these negligent and egregious acts against common sense and the people who live there and even just past through the area.
Go to:
Alkali Lake, Time Bomb

Some people would have you believe that every thing is okay. There is little population in the county and therefore little political clout. Maybe that is why that site was chosen? Who would oppose them? Who would stop them? And if harm was discovered and damage exposed, who could fight them?

The problem with TCDD is that its affects are not immediate. TCDD is a Persistent Bioaccumulating Toxin [PBT] that has been related to cancer, diabetes and birth defects and many other health problems. Anyone exposed to these chemicals may develop problems years later. It is very difficult to tell how many have become ill or died because of the irresponsible abandonment of these chemicals.

In an addendum to the Ninth Report on Carcinogens from the National Toxicology Program (NTP), 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, also known as TCDD or dioxin, is listed as a "known carcinogen. "

The local people who have been exposed do not have the resources to fight this problem. The thousands of Veterans and the nation of Vietnam have been fighting their exposure and subsequent problems for 30 years. But even our own American Veterans have been running into a stonewall when it comes to taking responsibility for the ongoing injuries and even deaths of veterans caused by exposure.
On the Agent Orange Website, which is a member of the Vietnam Veteran Web Ring, states.

More and more information has been painfully slow in coming forward to the victims and survivors of this toxic nightmare. The damage may be irreversible. It appears that the health and well-being of innocent people have been set aside for profit and gain. Saving face may be more important to some than saving lives and stopping this type of negligent and even premeditated assault on people unaware of the danger.

We would like to know and we are starting to find out just what happened at Alkali Lake and why. But what happened there is not as isolated as Alkali Lake. What happened is the callous disregard for the lives of others. The spirit of, "I am okay, who cares about anyone else" is all to much apart of thinking in the world today. It is not Christian... It is not what Christ taught.

Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

We encourage everyone to seek the truth, study to learn the facts and act so that what is righteous and loving may prevail for you and your brothers.
Gregory

Agent Orange

"Scientific studies have shown that that (Agent Orange) can be associated with the developments of soft tissue sarcomas, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, Hodgkin's lymphoma, a skin disease called chloracne, some respiratory cancers," says the VA's Dr. Frances Murphy

Medical legacies of Vietnam live on

"Lynda Van Devanter Buckley served as a surgical nurse near the Cambodian border. Like some of the other 9.2 million Vietnam veterans, she says 25 years later, she's still fighting the effects of that war every day. ... Her doctors say the cause of her illness is exposure during the war to a combination of chemical agents and pesticides used to clear trees and identify targets. "

& The legacy of Agent Orange

"Some 3,000 children have been born with spina bifida linked to their parents' exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical that new evidence suggests may also be linked to a higher incidence of adult onset diabetes."4

Another CNN article

Possible link between Agent Orange, leukemia

"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Research released Thursday suggests a possible association between a child's chance of getting a type of leukemia and a parent's exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the Vietnam War that already has been linked to several health problems among veterans and their offspring. "...

"In 1998 researchers found an association between Agent Orange and spina bifida in the offspring of exposed veterans. And last year an Air Force study found a 47 percent higher incidence of adult onset diabetes in Vietnam veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange as compared to other veterans."5

Another article

Study supports possible link between Agent Orange exposure and diabetes

"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Air Force veterans who were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War are showing an increased risk for diabetes, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Air Force."

"The findings are the latest results from an ongoing study of Air Force veterans that began in 1982. The report shows the veterans studied who came into contact with Agent Orange were 47 percent more likely to be diagnosed with the illness than a control group of veterans who were not exposed to the chemical. " ...

"This report includes the strongest evidence ... that exposure to Agent Orange is associated with adult-onset diabetes," said Dr. Joel Michalek, a senior investigator on the study panel. ...

"... that there appears to be an increased risk of the adult-onset form of the disease -- called type 2 diabetes -- among the study subjects who had higher levels of dioxin.

"Dioxin is related to fat, and diabetes is also related to fat," Michalek said.6

from Agent Orange Website

"The U.S. military used Agent Orange to remove vegetation cover used by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese for concealment and later to kill off crops to deny them food. "

The above was snipped from CNN article: [Such distruction of civilians' crops causing hunger, famine and starvation is a war crime.]

"The earliest health concerns about Agent Orange were about the product's contamination with TCDD, or dioxin. TCDD is one of a family of dioxins, some found in nature, and are cousins of the dibenzofurans and pcb's. "

"The TCDD found in Agent Orange is thought to be harmful to man. In laboratory tests on animals, TCDD has caused a wide variety of diseases, many of them fatal. TCDD is not found in nature, but rather is a man-made and always unwanted byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process. The Agent Orange used in Vietnam was later found to be extremely contaminated with TCDD. "7

Other articles Concerning Agent Orange
Agent Orange is still being blamed for birth defects more than 30 years since its use HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese and U.S. officials have agreed for the first time to study the possible effects of Agent Orange, a toxic chemical defoliant used by the American military during the Vietnam War.
SEE PHOTOS which are worth a thousand words.

Here is an article that is in the "hidethis" Archives at newsbank.com. You have to purchase it.
Lead Paragraph: Something is very wrong in Cam Nghia. One of every 10 children in the Vietnamese village suffers from a serious birth defect. It is a heart-rending catalog of missing and malformed limbs, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and mental retardation. In other hamlets throughout the former South Vietnam, adult soft-tissue cancers are unusually prevalent. According to the Vietnamese government, pregnant women have elevated rates of reproductive disorders and spontaneous abortions...8


New Zealand's Agent Orange Victims Promised Help
"WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 10, 2001 (ENS) - Prime Minister Helen Clark has agreed to improve services for Vietnam veterans who claim their health has been damaged by Agent Orange. The toxic herbicide is central to another conflict today as well, between people living near a plant where agricultural herbicides were made and the company that produced them."
9

See also: Agent Orange, Better killing through chemistry, by Richard Alan-Leach
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Environment/Agent_Orange.html

There is little remedy once exposed but here are some thoughts
Your Health and Dioxin (Agent Orange/Herbicide) Exposure by Gary D. Moore
http://www.ultranet.com/~jkimball/BiologyPages/A/AgentOrange.html

WHAT does all this mean?

Toxins like those mentioned above can cause illness and death. They can remain in people and animals for years causing a variety of debilitating and lethal results including birth defects many years after exposure. The people who are harmed by this may never realize the cause and those who created this hazard may escape retribution.

Was it the "The Perfect Crime"? We hope not.

These toxins are not really apart of the silent spring of Rachel Carson. Much more is known today about the toxicity of what was dumped in Alkali Lake, but enough was known at that time that it was painfully obvious that it should not have been dumped there, left there and allowed to contaminate the lives of those unknowingly exposed.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:2

We are just beginning to construct pages on this subject and hope to expand our investigation. Please contact us.

Peace be on your house

Gregory at the ekklesia@presys.com

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FOOTNOTES

1 Dioxin (2,3,7,8-TCDD) http://www.nccnsw.org.au/member/tec/projects/tcye/tox/Dioxin.html

2 Snipped from Agent Orange Website http://www.lewispublishing.com/orange.htm

3 Snipped from Frequently Asked Questions About Agent Orange at:

Http://www.lewispublishing.com/faq.htm

4 from Medical legacies of Vietnam live on April 28, 2000 http://www9.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/04/28/vietnam.med.history/index.html

5 snipped from CNN article Possible link between Agent Orange, leukemia April 19, 2001
http://www9.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/conditions/04/19/agent.orange/index.html

6 Study supports possible link between Agent Orange exposure and diabetes http://www9.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/03/29/agent.orange.diabetes/index.html

7 Agent Orange Website http://www.lewispublishing.com/orange.htm

8 http://nl11.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_hidethis=yes&p_product=UW&p_theme=uw&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=500&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=("19990426000861")&p_perpage=25&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no

9 http://ens.lycos.com/ens/apr2001/2001L-04-10-03.html


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