- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (March 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 027599452X
- ISBN-13: 978-0275994525
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8
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"In this book, in crisp, simple and clear language, Callie Lyons….[s]ummarizes this story of contamination, which she had been following right from its beginning. The book has enough scientific details to define what C-8 is and why it is considered such a health risk. In 15 well organized chapters, the volume covers DuPont manufacturing processes, the history of C-8 leakage into public waters, bureaucratic hurdles and industry pressures, scientific and federal investigations, public activism and the residents' lawsuit, potential further exposure risks, and the phasing out of C-8. Chapter-by-chapter notes and a section on other resources round out this book. I recommend Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal for anyone in the general public who is interested in environmental pollution and public awareness and action." - SB&F
"Callie Lyons details the slippery history of a Teflon toxin." - Mother Jones
"The chemistry and toxicology, the government investigation, the reaction by the DuPont company that makes the stuff, popular movements, law suits, and similar cases are all part of the story." - SciTech Book News
"She's a warrior against environmental pollution and a fighter for public health." - Ohio News Network
"As a resident of the mid-Ohio Valley, only a couple of dozen miles from the apparent national epicenter of C8 pollution in Little Hocking, my perception of the substance is that it sprang full-blown on the scene in 2004. Little did I, or millions nationwide, realize that C8 has been silently percolating through the soil I walk on, the air I breathe, the water I drink, and the food that I have eaten for most of my life. With thousands of industrial applications, from makeup to fabric coatings to cookware to food packaging, products made with this chemical are in every room of my house. If it's that pervasive, it must be safe… right? In this book, Callie Lyons pulls back the curtain on a problem of potentially monstrous proportions, and chronicles a growing uneasiness that all is not well in a Teflon-coated world." (Julie Zickefoose, Ohio writer and naturalist)
"Callie Lyons brings journalistic depth to describing how C8 perfluorocarbons have contaminated drinking water in the nation's heartland, and exposed consumers everywhere to this carcinogen via microwave popcorn, stain-resistant carpeting, Post-It notes, nonstick cookware, etc. By documenting how state and federal environmental policies have favored DuPont and how groups in Southeastern Ohio are challenging these policies, this timely book suggests that global protections against C8 are vital for the health of this generation and generations to come." (Ann Stoddard, Artist and Activist)
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And there are subtle but apparently intentional inconsistencies that seem to be alarming. Consider the cover photographs with a picture of a non-stick coated cooking pan next to the word "Lethal" in large and contrasting colors. Yet buried toward the end of the early chapter a brief statement that they are not the cause of alarm.
The tactics used in the book are just plain sophomoric and dilute and detract from the seriousness of potential problem. They certainly skewed my opinion about the trustworthiness of the materials presented. There are legitimate public questions about the presence of perfluorinated materials loose in our environment that need answering. This book is worth reading if you've never heard of PFOA or C8, but don't stop reading with this book.