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Bill Walsh | July 14, 2004
The phrase sound science evokes the idiom of science, though it is not itself a scientific term. It's a code word. Manufacturers of arsenic wood treating compounds used it with a straight face to argue that there was no sound science to support the proposition that children would be better off without arsenic on their playgrounds. The Vinyl...
Bill Walsh | June 29, 2004
A new report by the Grassroots Recycling Network (GRRN), Message In A Bottle: The Myth of PVC Recycling, demonstrates that "PVC recycling does not exist, cannot exist, and is not wanted by the plastics recycling industry," according to GRRN Project Coordinator, Toral Jha.
Although the report focuses on bottle and container markets b...
Bill Walsh | June 15, 2004
This summer's offering in the long running serial-action- drama series known as the PVC Debate comes from Europe. The new release, "Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of Principal Competing Materials" by a consulting consortium led by PE Europe GmbH, is being hyped by PVC manufacturers as a blockbuster prequel to the much anticipated ep...
Bill Walsh | June 01, 2004
The Environmental Building News reports that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors voted "not to create a new membership category for trade associations" while at the same time voting "to increase the dialog with trade associations to better understand issues of concern to them and demonstrate that the Council is...
Bill Walsh | May 17, 2004
Armstrong World Industries’ motto is "Your Ideas Become Reality." Here’s the Healthy Building Network’s idea for how Armstrong can turn tragedy into progress, transform the resilient flooring market, and rehabilitate its greenwashing reputation.
Armstrong was a major customer of the Formosa Plastics vinyl plant in Illiop...
Sandra Steingraber | May 03, 2004
Lessons From The Formosa PVC Plant, Illiopolis, Illinois
One morning ten years ago, I was at work on a book about environmental health when the phone rang. It was my Uncle Roy. He wanted me to know that a developer had come to town peddling a plan to construct a giant waste incinerator in the cornfield next to his own. What the man was planning to...
Bill Walsh | April 19, 2004
For inspiration this Earth Day, April 22, look to the green building movement. In word and deed, green building professionals have shown us the unbearable lightness of being green.
Start by reading the comments to the US Green Building Council concerning Council governance (trade association membership) and LEED standards (a disputed PVC credit).[1...
Bill Walsh | April 05, 2004
PVC manufacturing consumes in excess of 40 per cent of the chlorine gas produced in this country, making it the nation's single largest user of the deadly chemical. By comparison, 5 percent of the nation's chlorine gas is used to disinfect water - and that includes sewage treatment.
Chlorine gas kills and maims in a manner...
Bill Walsh | March 22, 2004
To the green building cognoscenti Montreal and Kyoto are documents, not destinations. They can add Stockholm to the list of world-class cities associated forever with the world's most pressing environmental challenges.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) targets 12 priority toxic chemicals for elimination including...
Bill Walsh | March 07, 2004
In 1995, one year after Greenpeace documented widespread, unreported dioxin contamination at Louisiana vinyl manufacturing plants, the vinyl industry pledged $1 million to Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana. This earned the Vinyl Institute the right to use the Habitat logo, identify themselves as "partners" and call vinyl the "materia...