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  • Transparency's picture
    Decades ago, in Judge Weinstein’s era, perhaps there was less evidence to support causality between exposure to Agent Orange and disease. However, today it appears to be a totally different story. For example, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states the following on its website:
    “Dioxin is a highly toxic substance found in Agent Orange and some other herbicides. Studies suggest that this chemical may be related to a number of cancers and other health effects in humans…VA contracts with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, a non-governmental organization, to scientifically review evidence on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange and other herbicides on Vietnam Veterans…
    Based on a review of the latest Institute of Medicine (IOM) report ‘Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010’, VA has: Published a final regulation Sept. 6, 2013 to presume Veterans’ early-onset peripheral neuropathy is related to their exposure to herbicides during service…
    VA and other Federal Government Departments and agencies have and continue to conduct extensive research evaluating the health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. Veterans…
    VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for disability compensation or survivors' benefits for these diseases.
     AL Amyloidosis
    A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs
     Chronic B-cell Leukemias
    A type of cancer which affects white blood cells
     Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
    A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
     Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
    A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin
     Hodgkin’s Disease
    A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
     Ischemic Heart Disease
    A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that leads to chest pain
     Multiple Myeloma
    A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
     Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
     Parkinson’s Disease
    A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
     Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
    A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure.
     Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
    A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
     Prostate Cancer
    Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men
     Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
    Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
     Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
    A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
    Children with Birth Defects: VA presumes certain birth defects in children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans associated with Veterans' qualifying military service.
    Veterans with Lou Gehrig's Disease: VA presumes Lou Gehrig's Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) diagnosed in all Veterans who had 90 days or more continuous active military service is related to their service, although ALS is not related to Agent Orange exposure.”
    With all due respect, now that state courts and the US government acknowledge the toxicity of the dioxin called Agent Orange, isn’t it time that Monsanto does so as well?
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    In an interesting recent development, the W.Va. State Supreme Court upheld a judge's approval of Monsanto Co.'s massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents.

    “In a 4-1 decision Friday, the court affirmed a January ruling approving the class-action settlement of a lawsuit alleging that the Nitro community was contaminated with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant. The plaintiffs said Monsanto polluted their community by burning waste from production of the defoliant Agent Orange.” [http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/w-va-justices-uphold-monsanto-settlement/article_886afaac-90ab-573e-988a-3e0d61e0e566.html]

    The rule of law, as applied by W. VA justices and courts, has spoken with a different outcome.
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