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The cancer-causing herbicides dubbed "Agent Orange" were sprayed by the B.C. government during the ‘60s and ‘70s, according to documents obtained by CTV News.
..."It was a real strong smell. You couldn't get away from that smell. We smelt that for a year straight in our house, couldn't get rid of it," recalled former Cherryville resident...
"All that stuff went into the creek, so we drank it. All that stuff got in the cow, and we drank the milk. Our clothes were washed in it, our dishes were...
"I feel disgusted. I fought pain all my life, and I never knew why,"
In B.C., the mix of 2-4-D and 2-4-5-T was called "Type B Weed and Brush Killer" in government invoices.
2-4-5-T use is major health hazard because it was contaminated with dioxin,
according to Agent Orange expert Wayne Dwenychuk
"If they used 2-4-5-T through B.C., they were spreading dioxin; there's no doubt in my mind," he said, adding that the biggest concern is for those who were employed by the government to apply the herbicide.
In B.C., the mix of 2-4-D and 2-4-5-T was called "Type B Weed and Brush Killer
Originally posted by pianopraze
We are screwed if enough people do not become aware and active soon.
As early as 1952, army officials had been informed by Monsanto Chemical Company... that 2,4,5-T was contaminated by a toxic substance....
It came not from the compound itself but from but from the intermediate stage of the 2,4,5-T manufacturing process, a contaminant that remained in the final product, usually in tiny amounts. This contaminant carries the chemical name 2,3,7,8 tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.
In the manufacture of 2,4,5-T, accidental overheating of the reaction mixture easily causes the product to condense into the toxic self-condensation product TCDD. At the time, precautions were not taken against this unintended side reaction, which caused also the Seveso disaster in Italy in 1976. In addition to this, 2,4,5-T is hazardous in its own right.
Originally posted by F4guy
reply to post by burntheships
There is one huge difference between the Agent Orange sprayed in Southeast Asia and the stuff used in Canada. The stuff used in Asia was contaminated with 2,3,7,8 tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, perhaps the most toxic chemical ever created. There is no report, or other indication, that the stuff used in Canada contained any of this dioxin.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
That's something that people never seem to realise - Agent Orange is, of itself, not a nice substance, but it is not particularly poisonous to humans - it was the contaminant dioxin that did "all the damage".
IOM: Links Between Herbicides (Including Agent Orange) and Cancer
Sufficient evidence of an association
Soft tissue sarcoma
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including hairy cell leukemia and other chronic B-cell leukemias
Different mixes of herbicides were used, but most were mixtures of 2 chemicals that were phenoxy herbicides:
• 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)
• 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T)
Each mixture was shipped in a chemical drum marked with an identifying colored stripe. The most widely used mixture contained equal parts 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Because this herbicide came in drums with orange stripes, it was called Agent Orange. Today, Agent Orange is used to refer generally to all the phenoxy herbicides sprayed at the time. (Other types of herbicides were also used, including cacodylic acid and picloram.)www.cancer.org...