TO OPPOSE WEDLAKE PLANT
At a meeting in Old Fort on November 19th,
the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
presented information about the status of Wedlake
Industries proposed facility and about the
dangers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). About twenty
people, most from the Old Fort area, listened to
data about the toxic effects of PVC and the
industrys record of deception; the group
discussed organizing to block the Wedlake plant.
Louis Zeller, BREDLs Clean Air
Coordinator, said, PVC plastic production,
use, and disposal have negative health impacts.
PVC is made from two carcinogens and PVC
compounds contains more toxic additives.
Virtually all of the products made of PVC have
safer substitutes, making the risks posed by PVC
completely unnecessary and unacceptable.
PVC, polyvinyl chloride, is a chlorinated
plastic. PVC is made from ethylene dichloride and
vinyl chloride, both are carcinogens. PVC
compounds contain toxic additives such as
cadmium, lead, phthalates, and organotins.
Thursdays public meeting was sponsored
by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League at
the request of county residents. Elizabeth ONan,
a McDowell resident, said, We are doing
fact finding on this toxic industry. Other PVC
plants have contaminated local communities and
The group set December 10th
for the next meeting. Topics will include both
the Wedlake plant and other local pollution
Organized in 1984, BREDL has more than forty
active community-based chapters. In addition to
their Clean Air for Childrens Health
Campaign, BREDL works on water pollution, waste
issues, and hazardous materials transportation.
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