Environment: And Now, Cattlegate

A chemical cousin of the PCBs has also been causing problems these days. During the past two years, some 32,000 cows, more than 6,000 swine, 1,370 sheep and 1.5 million chickens, not to mention considerable quantities of eggs, cheese, butter and dried milk, have been destroyed in the state of Michigan after they were accidentally contaminated by a fire retardant containing polybrominated biphenyls, or PBBS. Furious farmers, many of them near bankruptcy as a result of the poisoning, have accused state officials not only of failing to protect producers and the public against PBBS, but also of attempting to cover up...

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