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May 1, 2009 Issue 198
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Top 10 Least Green Companies in America

Many of the U.S. companies spending the most money and public relations effort trying to "prove" their environmental concerns are also the worst polluters in the country. 24/7 Wall St. profiles 10 of the biggest offenders. According to various reports and allegations:

1) General Electric (GE)
 GE was the fifth largest producer of chemicals.
 Four GE facilities generated 332,336 pounds in waste in 2007. 
 GE's Osmonics facility produced 1,919,437 pounds of TRI production-related waste.
 GEs the 6th most toxic company regarding the publics exposure to its pollution and the toxicity level from its plants.
  2) American Electric Power (AEP)
 AEP is one of nation's biggest polluters and one the key lobbyists against political interests on global warming.
AEP aggressively seeks to block legislation unless it receives a huge financial wind fall in the deal.
AEP's corporate PAC donated to five members of the Dirty Dozen as well as Congressman Barton.
3) ExxonMobil (XOM)
  Since at least 1998, ExxonMobil has spent $17 - $23 million to bankroll groups, scientists, and individuals in a effort to discredit the reality of global warming.
  4) DuPont (DD)
  In 2005  DuPont had to pay $16,500,000 for failing to report possible health risks associated with perfluorooctanoic acid, a chemical compound used to make Teflon.  
 At that time, DD's fine was the largest penalty in EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] history.
  5) Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  ADM's production of bio fuels (corn) creates so much pollution that it offsets the benefits gained when the fuel is used to power engines. 
  ADM publicly touts biofuels' green benefits, but fails to mention the environmental costs.
6) Waste Management, Inc. (WMI)
  Since 2005, Wmi  has spent more than $90,000,000 advertising how many trees it saved through recycling, the land it set aside for wildlife habitats, and the energy it generates through burning trash that might otherwise be dumped in landfills.
  What WMI DOESN'T mention is that incinerators discharge mercury, lead, and dioxin into the atmosphere.
  WMI also generates more carbon dioxide than power plants based on each hour of use.
   7) International Paper (IP)
  IP was the largest producer of chemicals.
  One facility alone generated 43,320,612 pounds of TRI related waste.
  15 other IP facilities generated 42,554,027 pounds in waste.
  In 2008, the Rainforest Action Network condemned an IP proposal to build a pulp mill in Indonesia's rainforest.
  This was DESPITE IP's internal policy not expand into Indonesia because it is a global warming and biodiversity hot spot.
8) BP
 BP earned a CorpWatch "greenwash" award for "corporations that put more money, time and energy into slick PR campaigns aimed at promoting their eco-friendly images, than they do to actually protecting the environment." 
In 2009, Greenpeace reported that BP "allocated 9% of its investment fund ($20,000,000,000  to develop and extract oil, gas and other fossil fuels. 
Solar power was allocated just 1.39%
Wind power only received 2.79%
Recently, BP settled with EPA stemming from charges related to violations of The Clean Air Act.
9) Dow Chemical (DOW)
In 2001 Michigan tests showed that "levels of dioxins detected in soil in the city of Midland and in the fish in the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland exceed health-based comparison values." Dioxin is believed to cause cancerous effects at extremely low levels of exposure.
  In 2007,
Dow agreed to three EPA orders to clean up sediment on the Tittabawassee River. 
  As recently as 2008,
Dow has not followed through on all orders. These areas include some of the highest dioxin levels recorded in the Great Lakes region. 
  In July of 2008
Dow Chemical told the EPA it agreed to clean up dioxin contamination in the Riverside Boulevard neighborhood.
  That cleanup has yet to be completed. 
  10) General Motors (GM)
  A 2007, a Union of Concerned Scientists study ranked GM as the second worst polluter out of eight major car companies.
  In 2007, GM manufactures the most cars that have 15 MPG or worse in city driving. 
  In 2008, the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy said GM's numbers had not improved. 
  The Hummer H2 is rated number 1 as a pollutant.|htmlws-main|dl3|link3|




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