100,000 Pages of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades — Until Nowhttps://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/chemical-industry-herbicide-poison-papers/
For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the
chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky,
damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old
structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents
obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the
Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force,
and pulp and paper companies, among others.
As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by
environmental activists will be publicly available through a project
called the Poison Papers.
Together, the library contains more than 200,000 pages of information
and “lays out a 40-year history of deceit and collusion involving the
chemical industry and the regulatory agencies that were supposed to be
protecting human health and the environment,” said Peter von
Stackelberg, a journalist who along with the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project helped put the collection online.
Jonathan Latham, PhD
The Bioscience Resource Project
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA
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