tv Documentary RT June 19, 2017 12:29am-1:01am EDT
one of the most i don't know that my mind off of the whole point itself is what they said about being so. but the investigative police officers behavior as well. l.g. drugs and the west end up being a presence here. calling people as you. it is in the interest of seals to be a bit. keep. in all this. at the end
of the sixty's leo does jones was a prisoner here in holmesburg a suburb of philadelphia in the united states. a prisoner but also a guinea pig for industry like thousands of other inmates. face but this is will the bit of woods as in the human experimentation was born oh many times have you taken that or is that about. maybe twenty is that it's a. little bit was different is that they was much. in some sounds a whole lot like to suggest that it's in the ok. this practice was confidential at the time because multinational chemical companies came here to test the risks of their products. to earn a few dollars the prisoners participated in several tasks but none of them knew what they were being given. when they would do they would creep into that.
and stick in implements to the police to get them pull it and then put in troponin the substance whatever it was that was in it for in that area and what up enough to . all move body musk invitation. like the centenarians all along did it last. in many school around in the areas you sign in a paper as they need them it was informed consent for the was just something between them from being the law book. if anything go wrong. one company did everything they could to keep this a secret they even paid leo this jones for his silence. dow chemical. the leading manufacturer of plastics in the world and the third largest
manufacturer of pesticides dow chemical has an annual turnover of forty eight billion dollars and fifty thousand employees around the globe. in the wake of this chemical giant there's an industry of staggering profitability and industry in a frantic race to innovate each year their new toxic products reach the market these multinationals all have one thing in common a culture of secrecy. following us. polluting lands rivers and groundwater. behind the fumes of these factories we have discovered tens of thousands of victims. in india children are born with severe disabilities. in the us those who have dedicated their lives to this industry everybody will get it because it and the money and the benefits it was
secure are now paying the price those guys are all dead and i should have been. faced with these tragedies the chemical giants have adopted a specific course of action. lack of transparency cynicism tonight. in the meantime they continue to reap the profits. in holmes bird prison. now experimented on the inmates with one of the most carcinogenic products in the world dioxin. it's one of the molecules in agent orange the powerful herbicide that tao produced for the american army during the vietnam war. the air force dumped it
on the vietcong for a decade at the same time. the tests were being performed at holmesburg. from that time on da was already aware of the dangers of dioxin the company put it in writing in this confidential note from june one thousand nine hundred sixty five . dioxin is exceptionally toxic. some months later dow would study its side effects on the prisoners. and can i say. in the way you know one. thing when the. we would contest something. with an. incumbent. in one way and. we found one of the doctors that perform the tests at holmesburg in the one nine
hundred sixty s. . today he's an oncologist at northwestern hospital in chicago. sigman vitamin is preparing to retire. he is one of the few witnesses still alive every day i had a over all of twenty. they were coming in and all day. all day long people were all absolutely will it was. a machine. in one nine hundred sixty seven sigmund weitzman was only twenty one years old he was an intern at holmesburg the senior physician overseeing the tests never told him the names of the products used on the prisoners. he only realized later that he administered down to human beings we show him what knew back then about the chemical.
this cereal is exceptionally sick. no wonder it's. years old yeah. very upset. this is the first time you you read this yes. i mean. i'm appalled just very. agile. guilty that i was. you know. it's just simple. it's. you know as if these people aren't people just experimental animals and nowadays it would be criminal. was never prosecuted when prisoners tried to take action against the company the
statute of limitations had expired. this multinational would not only poison inmates with dioxin but also tens of thousands of people in midland michigan in the north of the us. middle of. the birthplace of. here at the dol chemical company in midland michigan revolutionary chemical killer. this is where agent orange was manufactured. its production created waste extremely high in dioxin. tao secretly dumped this waste into the river that flows through the city.
in one thousand nine hundred ninety one man would discover the truth we had a conclusion there that it was a major source of not the only source to the river and certainly to the community and that people were at risk. at the time milton clark was a toxicologist for the e.p.a. the government agency responsible for environmental protection. with his colleagues he wrote a report condemning dallas practices. just blood right before the report's publication the corporation would succeed in pressuring the acting chief of the e.p.a. in washington. we went into shock we had never heard of such a thing ever but the company that we were regulating they would have the right to review a report comment on it before it's released. and it was critically important to say that people were at risk but they did not want to just basically want to squash
the report ok and eventually the final report they prevailed and so they truncated it down and removed critical sections and all the conclusions were taken away. pressured by his superiors milton clarke was forced to censor the report. the result pollution in midland michigan would continue for thirty years with impunity. and the executives that would continue denying the dangers. there is no health problem and there is absolutely no evidence in doing any damage to humans. in two thousand and six one woman would attack the multinational again and. at the time mary gave over saw all the offices at the environmental agency in the middle unreachable she had leverage she'd been nominated by the president of
the united states george w. bush. newly appointed she demands that more testing be done in the city and we found these astronomically high levels of dioxin levels that my staff think maybe some of the highest levels ever found in the united states one of things that was astonishing to me when this came to my attention was that for almost thirty years this very serious problem had not actually been addressed on. these high levels though yeah we found it. and yards alongside the river system parks were chilled. play where people launch their boats were fishermen put their boats in the water this is where people live so i immediately called dow senior officials and said we're very concerned about these levels we needed to take action as that unfolded the company was not happy it's extremely expensive to clean up this much contamination hundreds of millions of dollars if not more. to lodge
a complaint a dow goes directly to the white house. i was asked. may first of two thousand and eight to either resign or quit by the end of the day. ok were you surprised yes very much so in my thirty some years of working in environmental protection and much of that spend in the government i would have never expected that it was acting in its own interests the doubt was trying to make sure that it saved as much money as possible. as a result of these maneuvers for decades thousands of people have lived surrounded by dioxin without knowing the risks. we wanted to meet these victims. but in the middle and it's hard to loosen tongues. has supported the city for one hundred twenty years and reminders to every corner. of the bank the stadium the library the public park the high school.
the shadow of the company is everywhere. armstrong calling all. we have going to be your hopes for the tree thousand and seventy confederations cup here in russia we're going to be visiting the host cities or sochi. moscow going to be great i'm told in full of course also politics on. pretty much proving every topic the fans need to know about the head of the match so don't forget to join us on field it's going to be full and. i don't seek out a cup strap it isn't anyway i only see tactical things you know all things good for today or tomorrow. you have a team of four with brief period of time and you know divorce immediately i
feel that we are in a. bad historical moment in the middle east and it is very difficult to predict how things will be called. only one person agreed to break the code of silence. kilter spends most of her life here near the river this is where she raised her family. oh this is where we used to have the zip line way back here how can we use to have all trails that wind down through here i don't even know if you can see any of them over here. but eighteen years in and that land is very fertile. and it was used for motor cross
trails and hiking trails and dune buggy trails and. just you know recreation in the woods the prairie kids it was like a wonderland it was you know an adventure they could explore and they could build forts and they do all those things no one advised you that there was. no. we just that we found a magical spazz for us to play in place of anneli. for nearly forty years the but kilter family would live here blissfully unaware of their toxic surroundings. every spring the river floods their garden bringing in a fresh wave of dioxins. or would not discover the true extent of the contamination until two thousand and seven. when tests were conducted in her garden by the local
environmental agency. the levels of dioxin were up to seventeen times higher than the legal limit for toxicity bars. i have my oldest daughter has auto immune diseases you have. kids. many of them do have. disease. i would say all of them. a lesser degree and some to a more severe degree and my husband had a very. answer. real quick and said her late husband herbert there was a doctor a few days before he passed away he expressed a last wish it was brave enough to. when he was dying to have his blood drawn when he didn't have very much blood left dioxin levels were taken the thursday before he died on sunday he was willing to do it. to ascertain that there was
a connection some. of the results of my husband's business has one of. these actually. alec's book elders husband had sixty four point five nanograms of dioxin per liter of blood three times the us average. we married forty six years. and. they have treasured ten more years yet. and. you know that it's been a major impact on my life. the american environmental agency has finally forced down to clean the river. but the process has only just begun it could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. however no date is
set for decontaminating neighboring yards like alice book elders. refused all our requests for an interview. in the multinational merely sent us an email stating that we seek science to be solutions that protect human health while also contributing to the well being of the local community. on the other side of the world another contamination is wreaking havoc as a result of one of the worst industrial catastrophes in history thousands of children have been affected. but dow has never dealt with. it happened in india in bhopal. in one nine hundred eighty four the local chemical plant exploded. killing twenty
thousand people and releasing tons of toxic products. at the time the factory belonged to union carbide a pesticide giant that would buy up in two thousand and one. the site of the bhopal explosion is still saturated with chemical pollution. over the years these products have spread into the city's groundwater systems. for fifteen years the inhabitants have demanded a full decontamination. in vain. refuses to act. the decaying steel site is still excessive today. here we meet mr shoe on a former engineer at the time he was in charge of the storage of the chemicals in this laboratory. just both.
this one time goes to their meeting and discarded and. right in from. a present but. squire going to pull up and goes around. is that dangerous you know it is dangerous because there's no proper. but he says. among the products stored in the factory there was lindane an extremely toxic insecticide. today it is forbidden all over the world according to our guide the soil surrounding the factory is full of it. this whole area as i look on it and there's in the local dirt. and then. there are dumping water and then on the ground. and i. made up the
band's inexorable ride. on this as fuck. then just. long thinking it's just. benzene hexa chloride is the scientific name for lindane. we go down to the area of the spill to take some samples. the smell is unbearable. we'll have the soil analyzed just before leaving mr swan shows us where the pesticides were made. here beads of mercury fly exposed in the open air. according to the world health organization this is one of the top ten most dangerous chemical products in the world we take some more samples. as well you know in about to. the results of our two tests are astonishing.
inside the factory the level of mercury is five million times higher than the environmental standard. at this level of concentration the risks of developing liver skin or lung cancers are considerable. the levels of lindane are just as alarming exceeding one hundred thousand times the standard level. this can provoke severe cases of cerebral degeneration. yet only twenty metres away we see children playing cricket on the contaminated ground. fights oh you know i mean i do you often come to play cricket here. do you know that's a chemical blend that is then. going to get me back to your digger. and then either you can. i know that these children come here every day to play on
the land near the factory they don't seem to realize the risk that they're exposed to. why do they get inside the tree and not all outside and out and yeah i had to make it back to get out of the gentleness of that adequate bit of that and that's. what i believe and i'm getting better and he's going to be going over into games that it's not the image of god that. these kids are not the only ones in danger in both. the chemical contamination stretches far beyond the walls of the factory. toxic waste has penetrated the land and has polluted the water of many
neighborhoods up to three kilometers from the factory and fifty thousand people live there. we went to take water samples to identify the molecules present in their wells. like in shock as family home. they've lived in this house for almost thirty years. but the water they consume contains one point nine micrograms of mercury per liter . two times the standard level of toxicity. in. the. field and i mean that. is what it. was defeated. the problem is even in boiled water mercury is still a carcinogen. if you. think
this is. making. us. feel. because england. in other areas of bhopal it's not mercury but lindane that wreaks havoc on human lives. this is a problem in preventing our neighborhood situated one kilometer away from the factory. the municipality has had drink above water since two thousand and eleven but for many years the inhabitants have been drinking severely polluted water. that's the case for money and her thirteen year old daughter ruch now since her birth she's suffered from limited mental development and muscular dystrophy she can neither talk nor stand up by herself. money her mother drank contaminated water
every day during her pregnancy. that. most people. a few months after rush knows birth a governmental study was conducted in the area the levels of lindane were extremely high in the water seventeen times the world health organization limit. did you know about the want to drink you when you were pregnant was full of this inside from the factory then why didn't we want to get in on this. why do you have it i mean this is what's going to wash now no. it isn't it is. going to find it even turning into.
due to her disabilities russia has never been able to go to school every day she comes to the rehabilitation center. without these daily exercises she would be completely paralyzed today. is the founder of the center she has watched all these children grow up. that even if anybody even funnier than that give me a funny bit about you know human kindness that you can find it decided to buy nice and funny see if you must tell me don't think i've looked back at how do you know that i have never done but some of.
this talk about blackness and blue of being black. and all was well in a big house down at least that's what i've been told but it was simply did we in remains as such because we simply forgot. the scene we've allowed them to rearrange our paint you've told us the sickness of trust in our enemy we came to face. that's what i call a lack of blackness or understanding the blues have been black. sheep the blues have been black should mandate that we attack knowing how when and what to do to come this simple in his national has been beck is simply tat the feeling blue is black and blue. be. beat.
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