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Currents Uncut: Life After A Chemical Crisis in Hopewell

Former Life Sciences employee Frank Arrigo

Frank Arrigo, a former Life Sciences employee, tells us what life is like after the Kepone Chemical Crisis in Hopewell. He talks about the severe symptoms he endured while working at Life Sciences as a welder, and for years after the plant was closed down and still today.

Kepone was used as an insecticide and first manufactured by Allied Chemical then Life Sciences. Because of the employee Kepone poisoning and the illegal dumping by Allied & Life Sciences, Kepone became banned in the U.S. and Environmental Laws and policing became stricter as well as the James River was closed to commercial fishing for over a decade.

The French West Indies, which used Kepone for decades on banana plantations, is now enduring the horrific side effects.