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PVC Poison Plastic: Report

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Toxic Free Future investigates widespread vinyl chloride pollution caused by PVC production following the February 3, 2023, Ohio train derailment—a devastating incident that is a painful reminder of the inherent dangers of making, transporting, using, and disposing of vinyl chloride and other chemicals in plastics—especially polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic.

This investigation reveals that the production of PVC plastic releases hundreds of thousands of pounds of carcinogenic vinyl chloride into the air every year in the U.S. Vinyl chloride factories produce billions of pounds of vinyl chloride to make PVC plastics often in low-income communities and communities of color. We also found that vinyl chloride and PVC factories report transferring millions of pounds of hazardous chlorinated waste to incinerators, cement kilns, and landfills in the south-central U.S. Incinerators, cement kilns, and landfills are well-known sources of dioxin pollution. Vinyl chloride and PVC factories also transferred dioxins to incinerators and landfills.

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