Dioxin whitewash - the agents of orange
Dioxin lobby group dismisses offer of annual health checks
Residents and workers exposed to dioxin from the Paritutu chemicals' factory in New Plymouth will be able to apply for a state-funded annual health check from July. The Ministry of Health announced details of the $750,000-a-year scheme in the city last night - but a community group dismissed it as of little value. Ivon Watkins-Dow, now called Dow AgroSciences, produced the herbicide 2,4,5-T in Paritutu from 1962 to 1988. Long-term residents who lived near the plant in those years and former plant workers have elevated levels of the dioxin TCDD in their blood. Dioxins are linked to a range of cancers including leukaemia. There is evidence of links to prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, spina bifida in the offspring of those exposed, and other diseases. The ministry says the dioxin levels found in the most-exposed Paritutu residents may increase their cancer death rate by up to 10 per cent above the national level.
The level of evil secrecy that the Ministry of Health have shown on this issue of Dioxin poisoning over 46 years in NZ goes much further than this paltry excuse of a response, they have tried to sweep the birth defects and genetic damage drenching our nation in DDT have resulted in – we dumped as much DDT on NZ as the Americans dumped its cousin Agent Orange did over Vietnam – their history of birth defects and genetic mutations is a well documented horror story, ours has been quietly and effectively dismantled by Ministry of Health Wellington speak so that no Government can ever been found liable for willfully poisoning the entire country – and that if there is an admission of guilt in Paritutu, it would start a process demanding to know the effects of DDT drenching everywhere else. The Ministry of Health are fucking liars who have been lying for decades – for further info check out TV3s brilliant doco – ‘Let us Spray’.