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THE TOXIC PLUME

From The Cancer Chronicles #3
© 1989 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.


Two interesting items recently crossed our desk:

1) A Massachusetts Institute of Technology press release.

"Ciba-Geigy Announces $3 Million Professorship and Research Endowment in Chemistry at MIT" (October 19, 1989).

MIT President, Paul E. Gray, praised the giant drug and chemical company for "its long-term philanthropic commitment to teaching and scientific research." An item in the same MIT press kit proclaimed, "The company maintains...a commitment to science education and the protection of the environment" (emphasis added).

2) A New York Times story:

"Toxic Levels For an Aquifer Worry E.P.A." (October 10, 1989).

An industrial polluter has created an underground lake of contaminated materials near Toms River, New Jersey. "The plume of poisons, about a mile square and between 30 and 100 feet deep, will have to be pumped at a rate of about 3 million gallons a day for three decades before the aquifer is cleansed to drinking water purity," said the Times. Government officials have already found 95 chemicals in the plume, including such "cancer-causing agents as benzene, arsenic and chloroform" (ibid.). Even the air around the site is dangerous to breathe.

The company has been fined $1.65 million for illegally dumping 14,000 drums of hazardous waste. It is in similar trouble in New York and Massachusetts and two of its officials have been indicted for illegal dumping.

The name of the company? Ciba-Geigy, of course.


Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. is director of the The Moss Reports for cancer patients. Dr. Moss is the author of eleven books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is or has been an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Urological Association, Columbia University, the University of Texas, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the German Society of Oncology. He wrote the first article on alternative medicine for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Entertainment (as a film documentarian). This Web site does not advocate any particular treatment for cancer. We urge you to always seek competent medical advice for all health problems, especially cancer. Before consulting our site please read our full Disclaimer statement.



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