The highly-toxic chemical that Lee Sherman worked with at PPG, which the Condea Vista spill released into the area around Lake Charles. Beyond its horrible health effects on humans, EDC is responsible for weakening the clay under the increasingly perilous I-10 bridge.
Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) Term Timeline in Strangers in Their Own Land
The timeline below shows where the term Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) appears in Strangers in Their Own Land. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6 – Industry: “The Buckle in America’s Energy Belt”
Hochschild notes that nobody at the groundbreaking ceremony mentioned the Condea Vista ethylene dichloride leak in Westlake, the largest chemical leak in the history of the United States, which... (full context)
Chapter 12 – The Cowboy: Stoicism
...their leak, but Tritico cites company studies demonstrating that they knew the environmental risks of ethylene dichloride . Donny questions whether Condea Vista would choose to believe scientific experts over the money... (full context)