NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. It’s in our air. It’s in our food. And it’s even in our drinking water. It’s a chemical called chlorpyrifos. It can cause brain damage, increase a person’s risk for Parkinson’s and even lead to lung cancer. According to the New York Times, it was developed as a nerve gas in Nazi Germany. It was explicitly designed to cause harm. Yet, despite its known dangers, the Trump administration recently overturned a planned ban on the deadly and dangerous chemical.
If you visit the Environmental Protection Agency website, you’ll find a revised human health risk assessment of the chemical. How can the E.P.A. be finding this chemical safe when prior to the Trump administration, the chemical was about to be banned? For one, chemical industry lobbyists have been put in a position where they are the ones overseeing the E.P.A. Secondly, you’ll have to follow the money. The companies that produce these chemicals donated to the political campaign. So, despite the fact that the chemical is a known toxin designed to cause harm, the toxin continues to be used in industry. The effect of these chemicals in children is lowered IQ, infertility in men, and cancer.
Other toxic chemicals may also get a pass going forward. Trump has appointed a toxicologist known to take industry money.
The Times also reported on new regulations that would make it harder to study the health consequences of toxic chemicals.
If regulations won’t protect us, what can we do? Individuals who have been personally injured due to toxic chemical exposure have the right to sue companies and seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages due to time missed from work, and pain and suffering damages. Independent science continues to investigate the effects of these toxic chemicals and prior studies show their risk. Even if the E.P.A. revises its stance and allows these companies to use these chemicals, the companies must still be beholden to the general public whose products they use and whose products may damage the environment.
Radioactive material disposal and oil contamination can also cause health risks. In New Orleans, for example, a dispersant chemical used by BP to break up the oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill led workers to suffer a range of serious symptoms, according to NOLA. Individuals exposed to the chemicals experienced memory problems, bloody urine, heart problems, and liver damage. Others experienced coughing and even were at risk of lung damage.
If you believe you have been hurt by toxic chemical exposure, or by contaminated water, or other substances, you have rights under the law. You and your family may be entitled to seek damages for your personal injuries. Visit the personal injury lawyers in New Orleans at Smith Stag to learn more about your rights. Our firm can pursue both large companies and individuals responsible for contaminating your community’s water, food, and air. We aren’t afraid to fight larger companies, while also offering those affected the caring and compassionate counsel they need and deserve. Visit us at http://www.smithstag.com/to learn more.

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