The polluters : the making of our chemically altered environment / Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter.

  • Ross, Benjamin, 1964-
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About this work


Explains how the chemical industry, aided by a compliant government, was able to spread a wide variety of pollutants beginning in the years following World War II, despite the fact that the environmental dangers of such new synthetic chemical products as DDT and nylon were known by both industry and the scientific community.


Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Physical description

viii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


The sorcerer's apprentices -- Summoning the spirits. Pollution goes to Washington ; The rise of the chemical industry ; Royd Sayers' Service Bureau -- Fetching a flood. The miracle bug-killer ; Wilhelm Hueper and environmental cancer ; Bad air in Los Angeles ; Donora's strangler smog ; A new deal for clean water ; Deregulation California's water ; The stealth pollutants -- Holding back the deluge. DuPont tries to clean up ; The industry responds ; From Donora to Love Canal -- Convenient hopes and inconvenient truths.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-213) and index.


Where to find it

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    Medical Collection
    TD195.C45 2010R67p
    Open shelves

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