David Lincoln sounds off about styrene and why we should be concerned about it

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Central California coast lies the tiny hamlet of Casmalia, whose natural beauty belies its legacy as a toxic waste dump.

David Lincoln is a geologist, environmental consultant, and author of a book called “Deep Horizons Exposed” who jumped off the corporate ladder and changed careers after he saw how Enron was being operated for the benefit of a select few. He maintains a website called WereYouPoisoned.com.

Click here to listen to an excerpt of David Lincoln’s Dec. 13 appearance on the radio show.

Final Report on Carcinogens Background Document for Styrene
Sep. 2008
US National Library of Medicine
Styrene is a viscous, highly flammable liquid used worldwide in the production of polymers which are incorporated into products such as rubber, plastic, insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, food containers, and carpet backing. Styrene was nominated for possible listing in the Report on Carcinogens by a private individual based on its widespread use and exposure and evidence of carcinogenicity from studies in humans and experimental animals.

Environmental Hazards of Styrofoam
By Alecia Stuchlik, eHow Contributor
n 2006, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States threw away 1,460,000 tons of polystyrene products, much of which ends up in landfills. The lifespan of polystyrene ranges from decades to centuries to break down. Rather than biodegrading, it slowly dissolves through photo-degradation, according to King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

Casmalia is the site of one of California’s most notorious toxic waste dumps. Abandoned by its owners in the mid-90s, this site became one of California’s most expensive Superfund sites.

Click here to view to photo carousel of the Santa Maria area, including Casmalia.
Source: Santa Maria Pacific

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