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In response to Dupont full page ad in The Garden Island Newspaper October, 10th 2013

Dupont, in response to the pressure of the concerned citizens of kauai and bill 2491 ran a newspaper ad that listed all the contributions they have given to the community of kauai. as there is no denying the effort they have made to keeping a clean image. This list will attest to the amount of corporate crimes this company has committed. Beware kauai!! please check all sources listed. 1987 the New Jersey Supreme Court found that DuPont had deliberately concealed medical records identifying that several workers were suffering illnesses related to asbestos exposure 1991 it was revealed that a former DuPont landfill site, in Newport, New Castle County, Delaware had contaminated the groundwater both on and off the site, with heavy metals, including barium, cadmium, and zinc, as well as trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the pollution potentially threatened the water supply of 131,000 people. 1991 DuPont was fined $1.9 million for dumping corrosive acids and toxic solvents at a plant in New Jersey. 1991, the area around DuPont's Quimica Fluor plant in Matamoros, Mexico, was judged so toxic that the Mexican President ordered 30,000 people to give up their homes in order to create a two mile buffer zone around the site. The company paid $2.16 million to nearby farmers whose crops were damaged by toxic releases. 1992 Dupont ordered to pay 1.89 million for shipping pesticides without proper labeling 1993 the EPA charged DuPont with Toxic Substances Control Act violations for failing to include test data in a pre-manufacture notice submitted in 1984; the agency proposed a fine of $158,375 1994 DuPont agreed to phase out its toxic herbicide Cyanazine by 1999, when the US EPA discovered that it and other related herbicides were contaminating drinking water in parts of the US. 1994 6 nursery operators, five on the Big Island and one on O'ahu were among hundreds of growers nationwide who sued DuPont in the early 1990s alleging that its Benlate fungicide caused widespread crop damage. The six settled for $10 million 1998 DuPont was fined $1.9 million by the EPA for misbranding and mislabeling pesticides. 1998 analysis of ten DuPont chemical plants shows that up to seven million people in surrounding communities are at risk from potential worst-case chemical accidents. The analysis of the plants’ hazards addressed three chemicals commonly associated with chemical accidents -chlorine, ammonia, and hydrofluoric acid.Irresponsible waste disposal DuPont has an appalling record of irresponsible waste disposal although it is impossible to quantify how many people’s lives have been adversely affected by the company’s dash for profits at any cost. 1998 DuPont was ordered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out a $65 million clean up of its Necco Park landfill site near Niagara


In response to Dupont full page ad in The Garden Island Newspaper October, 10th 2013

Falls. This was necessary due to concerns regarding hazardous liquid seepage from the site 1999 DuPont was listed by the US Public Interest Research Groups as one of the ‘Dirty Five’ – the five biggest polluters in the US – that together spent $6,523,677 over the period 1991-1998 in lobbying Congress, the House of Representatives and Superfund-related committees in order to prevent stricter legislation 1999 OSHA announced that DuPont would pay $70,000 to settle charges that it failed to record more than 100 injury and illness cases at its plant in Seaford, Delaware. 1999 DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, among the largest of the company’s six business units, acquired Pioneer Hi-Bred—a top producer of genetically modified seeds 2000 Patent abuse (Patent EP 744888). This covers all maize plants containing over 50% oil, including those produced by traditional breeding methods. The patent also covers any use of these maize varieties, including cultivation, harvesting, and processing, whether for food, animal fodder or industrial use. By obtaining this patent DuPont has managed to pass off any such varieties of maize as its invention. This is despite the fact that such varieties already exist in Latin America, having been obtained through traditional breeding techniques. According to the Mexico based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), “this patent may considerably impede the development of maize varieties in Latin America.” Dr Sukestoshi Taba from CIMMYT states that the patent could “seriously discourage further research on maize oil content if it is not challenged. 2000 Waimea residents officially request relief, Pioneer’s GMO operations have continually generated excessive fugitive dust and used inherently dangerous pesticides without taking preventative steps to control airborne pollutants as promised by Pioneer and as required by state and county law. 2000 DuPont agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle alleged EPA violations related to a 1995 release of more than 23,000 gallons of a sulfuric acid solution into the air at the company’s plant in Wurtland, Kentucky. 2001 residents in Mississippi, in the US, threatened a $3 billion lawsuit against DuPont, claiming damage from dioxin pollution. The pollution was left in wastes similar to those found piled near DuPont's Edge Moor titanium dioxide plant in Delaware in 2001, for which the US EPA is forcing DuPont to pay approximately $12.4 million in remediation costs. 2001 DuPont announced that by the end of the year it would stop selling the fungicide Benlate, after 33 years on the market. The company cited the high legal cost of defending the product as the reason for its decision. Litigation and settlement charges relating to the compound have cost the company approximately $1 billion over the last ten years. DuPont has set aside additional money to cover future losses and litigation expenses, bringing the total financial cost to $1.3 billion dollars. 2002 DuPont was rated as the number one worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's Toxic 100 index. The index is based on 2002 EPA Toxics Release 2003 DuPont paid $550,000 to settle charges that it violated the Clean Air Act with a chemical release at a fluoroproducts plant in Kentucky.


In response to Dupont full page ad in The Garden Island Newspaper October, 10th 2013

2004 the Environmental Protection Agency charged that for two decades DuPont failed to report signs of health and environmental problems linked to perfluorooctanoic acid (or PFOA), the PFC used in making Teflon. Residents living near the plant in West Virginia where DuPont produced PFOA sued the company, which agreed to pay about $100 million to settle the case. DuPont also paid $16.5 million to settle the EPA charges and later agreed to gradually phase out PFOA; the Justice Department decided not to bring criminal charges. The litigation over PFOA did not end. I/ 2005 the EPA and the Justice Department announced that DuPont had agreed to pay more than $2.3 million to settle Clean Air Act charges related to leaks of ozone-depleting refrigerants at a plant in Tennessee. 2005 DuPont will pay $10.25 million -- the largest civil administrative penalty EPA has ever obtained under any federal environmental statute -- to settle violations alleged by EPA over the company's failure to comply with federal law. 2006 the federal government and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources reached an agreement with DuPont and Ciba under which the companies agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to clean up the DuPont Newport Superfund Site, which contaminated wetlands in and around the Christina River ecosystem 2007 DuPont was found guilty of wanton, willful and reckless conduct and ordered to pay $196.2 million in punitive damages at the end of the final phase of a complex trial Friday. When combined with previous verdicts in earlier phases of the same trial, the jury awards against DuPont now total nearly $400 million. The Harrison County Circuit Court case concerned the dangers surrounding the waste from a former zinc-smelting plant in Spelter. Ten residents sued the chemical giant in a four-part trial involving property damage claims, long-term health screenings and corporate accountability. 2007 the EPA and the Justice Department announced that they had settled Clean Air Act charges against DuPont with an agreement under which the company would spend at least $66 million on emissions control equipment at four sulfuric acid production plants in Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. DuPont and Lucite International later agreed to pay $2 million to settle allegations of violations at another sulfuric acid plant in West Virginia owned by Lucite but run by DuPont. 2009 the EPA revealed that after Koch Industries acquired a dozen synthetic fiber plants from DuPont, the company reported to the EPA that the facilities had extensive environmental compliance problems. An audit found more than 600 violations. 2010 DuPont agreed to pay $70 million to plaintiffs to settle a class-action suit concerning decades of pollution by the company’s former zinc smelter in West Virginia. DuPont also agreed to fund a 30-year medical testing program that was estimated to cost another $80 million. The settlement put an end to DuPont’s appeal of a $400 million jury verdict three years earlier. 2010 DuPont agreed to pay a penalty of $3.3 million to the EPA to resolve 57 Toxic Substances Control Act violations involving the failure to immediately notify the EPA of research results showing substantial risks found during the testing of chemicals for possible use as surface protection. 2011 MCALLEN, TX – Dozens of Valley workers claim Pioneer Hi-Bred International violated their federal rights when it underpaid them and forced


In response to Dupont full page ad in The Garden Island Newspaper October, 10th 2013

them to work in fields that were being sprayed with pesticides. Pioneer currently denies the allegations as the case is ongoin. Texas Court records show that South Texas workers have sued Pioneer Hi-Bred International more than 15 times since 1979 2011 A group of Kauai residents has sued a major seed company, saying its genetically modified crops have led to pesticide-laden dust being blown onto homes for more than a decade. Attorneys for 150 Waimea residents filed the lawsuit Tuesday in 5th Circuit Court against Iowa-based Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. 2011 the EPA ordered DuPont to halt immediately the sale or distribution of the herbicide Imprelis that had been found to be harming a large number of trees. The company also faced compensation claims from users of the herbicide running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. 2011, the EPA, the Justice Department and state agencies in Delaware entered into a consent decree with DuPont under which the company agreed to pay a penalty of $500,000 for numerous water quality violations at its Edge Moor plant. Shortly thereafter, DuPont agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous wastewater regulations at the company’s wastewater treatment plant in Deepwater, New Jersey.2012: Over 30,000 have been filed from individual homeowners, municipalities, landscapers and golf courses. There is also a class-action lawsuit in the works for the pesticide, Imprelis, now discontinued. The company is currently in the process of settling the individual claims. According to the new york times, DuPont estimates that claims could reach a total of $575 million, though anything over $100 million would be handled by the company's insurance. Plaintiffs have complained publicly that DuPont is stalling settlements.

2013 The trial of DuPont (Australia) Ltd for an alleged herbicide land pollution incident will begins in the NSW Land and Environment Court "The EPA expects it will present evidence from more than 100 witnesses in its case 2013 the world’s largest maker of titanium dioxide, has agreed to pay $72 million to settle charges that it conspired to artificially increase prices of the white pigment. 2013 reached a class-action settlement over its sale of Imprelis, a herbicide that was once deemed an environmentally friendly way to combat weeds but has now been blamed for tree deaths across the country.dedicated $750 million to payouts, with room to grow the fund to $900 million, according to Bloomberg News. In addition to payouts, it agreed to remove and replace impacted trees.

sources: http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=173 http://www.panna.org/blog/thousands-sue-dupont-over-tree-killingpesticide


In response to Dupont full page ad in The Garden Island Newspaper October, 10th 2013

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Compiled by samuel shaw. Kulture tattoo, Kauai, Hawaii

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