Environment: The Toxicity Connection

During the Viet Nam War, Air Force planes sprayed the dioxin-laced defoliant Agent Orange on dense jungles to strip the ground of cover. American soldiers got sprayed too, and now thousands of veterans are sure that the exposure has caused them skin rashes, neurological disorders, cancer and birth defects in their offspring. Residents of the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls, N.Y., are no less distressed. They are convinced that the toxic wastes buried there have led to nerve damage, miscarriages and other ailments, including mental retardation among their children. Says Housewife Cynthia Bassett: "It's as if we're all mutants."

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