Today’s Rachel Carson
Today’s Rachel Carson is a woman I know,
admire and love, Dr. Beverly Paigen. I was reminded of how important
Dr. Paigen is when asked to present her with an award from the Maine
Environmental Health Strategies Center.
When I began to think about what I would say about Dr. Paigen I
realized how groundbreaking her research was back in 1978 at Love Canal.
How when she presented her theories and her research findings around
the Love Canal chemicals and adverse health problems she was dismissed,
ridiculed, and harassed by those who wanted to silence her, just like
Beverly demonstrated how the chemicals had likely moved out of the
dumpsite the Love Canal and into the homes that surrounded the site.
Again she was dismissed. Today, there is a name for this movement of
chemicals called vapor intrusion and there is even an EPA approved
technology to remove the chemicals from homes called vapor intrusion
Read the whole article: http://chej.org/2012/12/today%E2%80%99s-rachel-carson/