Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Toxic Nation on Parliament Hill: A Report on the Pollution in Four Canadian Politicians (2007)

This is an awesome idea! Why don't we do this here to a bunch of corporate polluting CEOs and cigarette company execs?

"For the latest round of Toxic Nation body burden testing, four federal politicians volunteered to be tested for over 100 different chemicals. Toxic Nation on Parliament Hill reveals that our politicians are polluted, just like the rest of us.

The participating politicians included Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment; Tony Clement, Minister of Health; Jack Layton, Leader of the NDP; and, John Godfrey, Liberal Environment Critic. The group was tested for a slew of toxic chemicals, including pesticides, heavy metals and chemicals used to make flame retardants and stain repellents."


..."The group Environmental Defence released results Wednesday of laboratory testing done on Environment Minister Rona Ambrose, NDP Leader Jack Layton, Health Minister Tony Clement and Liberal environment critic John Godfrey.

The study found that Ambrose had fewer flame-retardants in her blood than Layton, but had a higher level of arsenic than the New Democrat leader.

Clement's blood, meanwhile, contains polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, despite the fact they have been banned for years. But Clement's blood was lower in neurotoxic mercury than Godfrey's.

The results are part of the report Toxic Nation on Parliament Hill: A Report on Pollution in Four Canadian Politicians, which is intended to serve as a wake-up call for leaders about the state of pollution in Canada.

Godfrey, the report found, had the highest number of pollutants in his blood, at 55. Clement and Layton followed with 54 toxic contaminants each and Ambrose had the cleanest blood with 49 contaminants.

Of the 103 pollutants tested for, 61 were detected in the four politicians.

Combined, their blood contained a chilling mix of nasty substances, including 54 carcinogens, 37 hormone disruptors, 16 respiratory toxins, 54 reproductive or developmental toxins and 33 neurotoxins..."

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