Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins

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  • Jacinto River Pollution

    Maycie’s friend at daycare, Hannah, who was diagnosed at the age of five with a rare and aggressive brain tumor. Hannah died slowly. Another guy from about 6 miles away from Hannah’s grandmother (in the same neighborhood) was at the hospital when Hannah was still alive and had said that his son had just died of the same cancer, All of these families were from the same town that is located near the river, can this be a coincidence? I think not. Two months after Hannah’s death, in 2005, Texas Park and Wildlife Department officials discovered the waste pits. And therefore by 2008 it was on the superfund list. The chemicals exported or transported from place to place via the San Jacinto River were indeed carcinogens like polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans, also known as dioxins and furans. In 2011, the pits were covered with "armored caps" to stop the dioxins from spreading. Yes, the foundation did do things to lower the chances for people to get cancer but this proves that they had some idea or hunch about the waste spilling into the river that was causing children to obtain cancer. But the things they did didn’t make the people of the town feel any safer than before when they had a theory of their home river being polluted for example one of the few precautions they took was to put up signs saying things like “no fishing.” None of these things moved the company causing the pollution out of the state or just completely shut it down because…

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  • Chemical Warfare Weapons

    face. Exposure to this chemical occurs through various ways. Most people were exposed when the herbicide was sprayed from overhead during the Vietnam War. Another way they may have come into contact was near storage sites of the herbicides. Agent Orange was tested and stored all across military bases in different American States. In addition to the United States, it was also tested and stored in other parts of the world like Thailand, Canada, India and out at sea ("Public Health: Agent…

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  • Agent Orange In Vietnam

    Agent Orange Having spent 10 weeks in Vietnam, I felt a personal connection to Agent Orange as well as the effects it had on the country. This connection is what motivated my research and my desire to bring attention to the subject. Agent Orange was an herbicide used during the Vietnam War in the 1960s. It was used by the United States military who intended to gain an advantage in the war by spraying the chemical over the dense jungles of Vietnam. The military hoped that this would deprive the…

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  • Agent Orange Herbicide Essay

    On January 12th 1962, the US Air force launched Operation Ranch Hand. This operation called for the use of over 19 million gallons of Agent Orange to be dumped on to the forests in Vietnam to expose the Viet Cong soldiers below. Not only did vast amounts of foliage die, but the chemical lead to birth defects, cancer, and skin rashes for soldiers and civilians who came in contact with it. Operation Ranch Hand Initiated.) Many still argue today that Agent Orange was not linked to these health…

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  • Agent Orange Vietnam Case Study

    As part of the Vietnam war, the U.S. military sprayed 12.1 gallons of Agent Orange defoliant on trees and vegetation in Vietnam. This so-called toxic chemical is mixed with other varieties of herbicides used for removing trees and dense tropical foliage that provided cover the Vietnam troops. Much of agent orange contains dioxin, which is a highly dangerous and toxic chemical, known to cause “reproductive and developmental problems, disruption of the immune system, interference with hormones and…

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  • Essay On Agent Orange

    "Here at home, the war has not ended for many of the 2.8 million serviceman and women who went to Vietnam. In addition, Vietnam claims half a million children have been born with serious birth defects, while as many as 2 million people are suffering from cancer or other illness." The U.S. used Agent Orange as a strategy to open up the Vietnam jungle so tanks and APC's could take part in operations. When the U.S. sprayed Agent Orange, they didn't realize how much it would effect U.S. soldiers,…

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  • Agent Orange: The Perpetual Consequences

    Agent Orange: The Perpetual Consequences Generations of Vietnamese civilians exposed to a perilous chemical: all due to the spraying of an herbicide over Vietnam’s jungles. The Vietnam War was between the Communist North Vietnam and the United States. The conflict became global when Communist-supportive countries began sending reinforcements to the Vietnamese and the United States gained support from its allies. The Viet Cong soldiers knew their jungles by heart and used the plant cover to…

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  • The Love Canal Tragedy

    The chemicals that were dumped were unwanted waste that served no purpose, and many of the types are unknown. However, some of the chemicals known to be present were hexachlorocyclohexane, chlorinated hydrocarbons, chlorobenzenes, benzene, chloroform, trichloroethylene, methylene chloride, benzene hexachloride, phosphorous rocks, polychlorinated biphenyls, and 1, 3, 7, 8- tetrachlorodibenzo- para-dioxin (Health Time Bomb, 1978). These chemicals had different outcomes, but resulted often in…

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  • Agent Orange: The Psychological Effects Of The Vietnam War

    When one thinks about the Vietnam War one thing that might come to mind are the psychological effects it had on many soldiers. The most prevalent of those being PTSD, which at the time wasn’t a recognized as a mental disorder. Not to mention it often takes roughly a year for symptoms to set in so it was written off even easier which undoubtedly left many of those suffering discouraged and made to feel alone in their disorder. Psychological disorders aren’t the only problems that arose for…

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  • Personal Narrative: Growing Up In A Vietnamese Family

    Growing up in a Vietnamese family in America, the value of life is highlighted by working hard and knowing your roots. Stories about family hardship and history told from the older generation in my family are mostly ones of war. I have heard many different elements of war: war crimes, anticommunist sentiments, and the escape from Vietnam. Hearing these stories has always resonated with me, motivating me to work hard for the sacrifice of those before me. In that sense, I worked rigorously to…

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