PANNA: Resource Pointer #359 (Industrial Pollution)


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Resource Pointer #359 (Industrial Pollution)
17, 2004

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Fatal Deception: The Untold Story of Asbestos – Why It Is Still Legal and Still Killing Us, 2003* Michael Bowker. Charts the history of asbestos including its discovery, applications, identification as a health threat, and regulation. Focuses on the town of Libby, Montana in which vermiculate mining has resulted in asbestos poisonings and cancers. Reveals a lack of asbestos regulation and efforts of corporations to limit future policies and enforcement. Demonstrates asbestos related illnesses as a medical threat throughout the country. 320 Pages. US $24.95. Contact Rodale Press, 33 East Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 18098-0099; phone (610) 967-5171; fax (610) 967-8963; email; Web site

*When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, 2002* Devra Davis. Recounts incidences of industrial pollution throughout the world and the short-term and long-term impacts on environmental, human, and animal health. Investigates the corporate strategies spurring industrial pollution and includes scientific data to demonstrate the need for policy and regulations to address this threat to public health. 316 pages. US $16.95. Contact Perseus Books Group Customer Service Dept., 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301; phone (800) 386-5656; fax (720) 406-7366; email; Web site

*Killing Me Softly: Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit, and the Struggle for Environmental Justice, 2002* Eddie J. Girdner and Jack Smith. Examines the rapid growth of the toxic waste industry and the political economy underlying this expansion, especially the interactions between corporate power, and government regulation and policy. Presents the case of a toxic waste incinerator proposed in Missouri and the successful campaign by local activists and citizens to stop the project. Analyzes the links between environmental justice and social justice. 176 pages. US $16.95. Contact Monthly Review Press, 122 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; phone (212) 691-2555; fax (212) 727-3676; email; Web site

*Materials Matter: Toward A Sustainable Materials Policy, 2001* Kenneth Geiser. Discusses the numerous environmental and human health side effects of industrial production processes, specifically, the creation of industrial wastes. Offers an alternative policy to the one currently favored by manufacturers that will simultaneously decrease industrial waste and increase profits associated with production. 317 pages. US $30. Contact The MIT Press, c/o Triliteral, 100 Maple Ridge Drive, Cumberland, RI 02864; phone (617) 253-5646; fax (617) 258-6779; email

*Beyond the Chemical Century: Restoring Human Rights and Preserving the Fabric of Life, 1999* Environmental Health Fund and Strategic Counsel on Corporate Accountability. Recounts a number of toxic chemical tragedies including the Bhopal pesticide plant explosion and the poisoning in Minamata, Japan. Critiques industry and government response to the disasters. Highlights the challenges posed by globalization and trade of toxic chemicals to chemical management and regulation. 46 pages. Download for free at: Contact Strategic Counsel on Corporate Accountability, P.O Box 79225, Waverly, MA 02479; phone (617) 489-3686; email; Web site

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