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Main Title DDT : scientists, citizens, and public policy /
Author Dunlap, Thomas R.,
Publisher Princeton University Press,
Year Published 1981
OCLC Number 07275028
ISBN 0691046808; 9780691046808
Subjects DDT (Insecticide)--Environmental aspects--United States--History. ; Pesticides--Government policy--United States--History. ; DDT--adverse effects. ; DDT--history. ; Public Policy. ; Milieuverontreiniging. ; Overheidsbeleid. ; Geschichte
Additional Subjects DDT (Insecticide)--Environmental aspects--United States--History ; Pesticides policy--United States--History
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Publisher description http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1409/80008546-d.html
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EKAM  QH545.P4D86 Region 4 Library/Atlanta,GA 01/01/1988
EKCM  QH545.P4S86 CEMM/GEMMD Library/Gulf Breeze,FL 05/01/1992
Collation 318 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-309) and index.
Contents Notes
Part 1. Preparation for DDT -- 1. Economic entomology and insecticides -- 2. Human health and insecticide residues -- Part 2. Learning about DDT -- 3. Applying old lessons -- 4. Wildlife and DDT -- 5. Storm over Silent Spring -- Part 3. Changing directions -- 6. Moving toward court -- 7. A legal tour of Round River -- 8. Is it safe and necessary? -- 9. Final rounds -- Epilogue: Qualified victory -- Appendixes: -- A. Analytical terms -- B. DDT -- C. DDT in human fat -- D. Enforcement of the food and drug laws -- E. Production of pesticides -- Table 1: Production during the 1930s -- Table 2: Production after World War II -- F. Tolerance levels for pesticide residues on foods -- Table 1: Tolerance levels for arsenic and lead -- G. Vapor phase chromatography. "The controversy over DDT played a pivotal part in the formation of the environmentalist movement in the United States. Thomas Dunlap places this controversy in historical perspective and provides a case study of the involvement of scientists, citizens, and various environmentalist groups in the formation of public policy on pesticide residues. He treats the complex relationships among government agencies, the land-grant universities and their experiment stations, private industries, and the various sciences. He also reveals the nature of American support for science and the ways in which the social, economic, and political context of the scientists' work influenced their research and conditioned the effect of that research on policy. After tracing the development of regulation and research on pesticides in the pre-DDT period, Professor Dunlap describes the gradual discovery of DDT's properties in the environment and the growth of opposition to its use. He then discusses the legal and public battle over DDT from 1967, when the first suits were filed, to 1972, when the Environmental Protection Agency banned it. An epilogue brings the story to 1979. The author's sources include papers, correspondence, and interviews of members of the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as the legal documents from the Wisconsin hearing of 1968 to 1969 and the EPA's hearing of 1971 to 1972"--Bookjacket.