State Vaccine Legislation in America 2015-2017: What the Media, Medical Trade and Pharma Don’t Want You to Know

By the NVIC Advocacy Team

State vaccine laws and the legal right to vaccine exemptions are hot topics in America. Between 2015 and 2017, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a nonprofit charity, closely monitored state legislation and analyzed and issued positions on 454 vaccine-related bills through the NVIC Advocacy Portal (NVICAP).  

The NVICAP is a free online vaccine choice advocacy network launched by NVIC in 2010 to protect and expand the legal right to exercise informed consent to vaccination in the U.S. NVIC’s mission since 1982 has been to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to secure and defend informed consent protections in vaccine policies and laws, including protecting flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions.

In 2015, the NVICAP team responded to more vaccine related bills than were filed in any previous year: 160 bills across 41 states. This record was shattered two years later in 2017 when NVIC tracked and published information on an all-time record of 184 proposed vaccine bills filed in 42 state legislatures.

Mainstream media continues to cite the passage of two 2015 bills, California SB277, which eliminated the personal belief and religious vaccine exemption, and Vermont H98, which removed only the philosophical exemption, as evidence that public support for vaccine exemptions is waning.1 This is a myth easily refuted by looking at the real evidence.

Bias and Misdirection by Mainstream Media

Over the last three years it has been easy to find biased articles and newspaper OpEds in favor of “no exceptions” forced vaccination laws. Articles featuring individuals advocating for the removal of vaccine exemptions and opposing the expansion of exemptions are portrayed in a positive light.2,3 There is also a distinct trend to portray individuals who oppose bills that eliminate vaccine exemptions and support bills expanding exemptions in a negative light.4,5

However, this clear media bias fails to tell the truth about what really occurred in state legislatures around the country since 2015, when only two states removed personal belief vaccine exemptions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which has adopted and actively promoted through their state chapters the extreme position to “eliminate nonmedical exemptions for school entry,” acknowledges the backlash caused by pushing bills that propose to strip public health laws of vaccine exemptions.6

At a debate held at the AAP’s annual conference in September 2017, there was discussion about the fact that the position of outright elimination of personal belief exemptions may “embolden” parents.7 A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association admits there is uncertainty about the effectiveness of policies to remove a parent’s ability to obtain a religious or conscientious belief exemption so a child can attend day care or be educated in a public or private school.8

Neither of these medical trade associations accurately depicts the extent to which passage of the two bills eliminating exemptions in California and Vermont have inspired grassroots vaccine informed consent advocates in every state to become even more active and effective.

The medical trade and Pharma lobby, as well as public health officials promoting heavy-handed implementation of the federally recommended childhood vaccine schedule, do not want to acknowledge there is a strong growing backlash against inflexible implementation of vaccine laws.

Follow the Money

While it is rare to find registered lobbyists for vaccine manufacturers directly testifying in favor of a bill eliminating vaccine exemptions, Pharma’s fingerprints are all over lobbying efforts to influence the outcome of proposed vaccine bills severely restricting or removing vaccine choices.

There are a number of vocal advocacy organizations promoting forced vaccination which receive financial contributions and support from pharmaceutical corporations that make big profits from mandatory vaccination laws requiring all children to get federally recommended vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) childhood vaccine schedule of 69 doses of 16 vaccines alone is worth billions of dollars to drug companies marketing vaccines. Every vaccine that a state mandates guarantees vaccine manufacturers liability free profits under the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2011 that effectively eliminated all product liability for vaccine injuries and deaths caused by government licensed vaccines recommended for children.9,10,11

Every Child By Two (ECBT) identifies multiple vaccine manufacturers among sources of funding, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer and Sanofi Pasteur.12 A nonprofit organization, ECBT actively lobbies in state legislatures and in Congress to promote mandatory vaccination and the elimination of vaccine exemptions, as well to secure increased funding for the CDC and other government agencies developing, licensing, making policy for and promoting universal use of federally recommended vaccines.13

Who Are Behind the Removal of Personal Belief Exemptions?

An ECBT board member, who is executive director of the California Immunization Action Coalition, was instrumental in lobbying efforts in the California legislature to pass the bill (SB277) that removed California’s personal belief vaccine exemption in 2015.14,15

The California Immunization Coalition is a network member of the nonprofit Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), which is funded by Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur and the CDC.16,17 Among members of IAC’s Advisory Board are vaccine developers and current or former CDC officials and mandatory vaccination proponents, including developers of Merck’s rubella and rotavirus vaccines, Dr. Stanley Plotkin and Dr. Paul Offit.18,19,20,21

Voices for Vaccines, which has lobbied in Colorado, Virginia and other state legislatures for the removal of vaccine exemptions, is an administrative program of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), which was founded in 1984 by a former director of the CDC to raise childhood vaccination rates globally.22

Among TFGH funders are Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and the CDC, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.23 Scientific Advisory Board members of Voices for Vaccines include the founder and director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), Plotkin, Offit and a former CDC director of immunization. 24

The Immunization Partnership (TIP) is a Texas-based coalition dedicated to eradicating diseases through the universal use of vaccines facilitated by electronic vaccine tracking registries and implementation of mandatory vaccination laws.

TIP is funded in part by Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer and counts as one of its biggest accomplishments that it “screened more than 50,000 immunization records and recalled more than 14,000 patients back into clinics to get up-to-date on their vaccines through the Immunization Champions project.”25

Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine developer and well-known forced vaccination proponent, serves as a director for TIP.26,27,28 During the 2017 legislative session in Texas, TIP representatives directly gave testimony and lobbied for bills that would make it harder for families to decline vaccines or choose to vaccinate their children using a schedule that differs from the CDC’s recommended schedule.29,30

Contrary to what the corporate and government dominated media are reporting and would like the public to believe, many enlightened state legislators are listening to concerned constituents. They are supporting parental rights and the ethical principle of informed consent, which are protected in vaccine laws that contain flexible medical and personal belief exemptions.

What has largely been ignored or misrepresented by the media, medical trade and Pharma during the 2015-2017 timeframe is a growing public awareness about vaccine risks and failures and the increasing number of well-informed Americans who are advocating for vaccine freedom of choice because they understand the need to protect informed consent rights by securing and protecting vaccine exemptions in public health laws.

The Truth by Numbers

NVICAP TRACKED 2015 2016 2017 TREND

NVICAP OPPOSE

117 (73.0%)

71 (67.0%)

116 (63.0%)

Decreasing

BAD BILLS PASSED

22/117 (18.8%)

8/71 (11.2%)

7/116  (6.0%)

Decreasing

NVICAP SUPPORT

19 (11.8%)

18 (17.0%)

45 (24.0%)

Increasing

NVICAP WATCH

24 (15.0%)

17 (16.0%)

23 (12.5%)

Neutral

TOTAL BILLS

160

106

184

Increasing

STATES AFFECTED

41

33

42

Increasing

In 2014, the NVIC Advocacy Portal tracked 91 bills across 28 states. Over the course of the 2015-2017 legislative sessions, the number of vaccine related bills for which NVIC issued position statements and the number of states affected by bills proposing to restrict or eliminate vaccine freedom of choice dramatically increased.

However, the numbers also clearly show that as the grassroots vaccine safety and informed consent movement grows, a lower percentage of bad bills require opposition because a higher percentage of good bills are being filed by legislators that deserve support.

Most importantly, the numbers and percentages of bills passing that negatively affect vaccine exemptions and threaten informed consent rights are significantly decreasing because more legislators are resisting aggressive lobbying efforts by medical trade and Pharma to make the vaccination system more oppressive than it already is in the U.S.

In a nutshell, slowly but surely as a result of years of hard work, grassroots vaccine education and informed consent advocacy in the U.S. are achieving tangible results.

To keep this trend moving in the right direction, everyone needs to get involved and continue to educate and personally communicate with his or her own legislators. The best way to get real time accurate information about what actions you can take to help protect vaccine informed consent rights in your state is to register as a user of the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal.

The Real Story: Few Bad Vaccine Bills Passed

What happened in 2015:

In 2015, there was a significant increase in state legislative action to add more vaccine mandates and attack the legal right to make voluntary vaccine decisions. Bills were introduced to:

  • Eliminate or severely restrict vaccine exemptions
  • Add and expand vaccine mandates for both children and adults in the school or workplace settings
  • Expand police powers related to vaccination during government declared public health emergencies
  • Expand intrusive electronic vaccine tracking and medical records data sharing without consent to more easily enforce use of government recommended vaccines
  • Publish and publicly post detailed information about vaccine exemptions and vaccination rates in much smaller geographical boundaries like individual schools

In some states, legislation was passed allowing pharmacists to administer more vaccines. Spurred on by reports of a measles outbreak in Disneyland, much of the media attention focused the loss of the personal belief and religious exemptions in California and the loss of the philosophical exemption in Vermont, and there was no acknowledgement of the strong pushback by citizens that thwarted multiple attacks on vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights in many other states.

During the 2015 legislative cycle, the following states derailed legislative attempts to outright eliminate the conscientious/philosophical vaccine exemptions: Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Additionally, the following states came out on top of attacks on freedom of conscience and religion that would have eliminated or severely restricted the religious exemption: Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.  

Bills to mandate vaccines for child care employees passed in California in 2015. However, bills to require vaccination of health care workers in Connecticut, Missouri and New Jersey and to require vaccination of school employees in Texas all failed.

Taking a closer look at the bills NVIC opposed that did pass, there was one Illinois bill in 2015 that weakened vaccine freedom of choice. Illinois SB 1410 added the requirement for parents to complete state approved vaccine education and secure a physician’s signature prior to filing a religious exemption for children to attend school.

Oregon passed SB 895A, which required schools to publicly post vaccine exemption rates. New vaccine mandates became law in Illinois for children attending day care, as did new vaccine mandates for school children in Indiana, Louisiana and Montana.

It was clear that 2015 marked a turning point, both for pharmaceutical and medical trade lobbyists pushing for more oppressive vaccine laws and for citizens who support informed consent and the legal right to flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions.

What happened in 2016:

There was a sharp decline in 2016 in the total number of vaccine-related bills filed in state legislatures compared to the previous year: from 160 bills filed in 2015 down to 106 bills filed in 2016, but, again, this was still more bills than were filed in 2014. It is very significant that in 2016, NO bills were passed by state legislatures that restricted or eliminated vaccine exemptions.

The NVIC Advocacy team helped families and enlightened health care professionals defeat bills proposing to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions that were filed in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Virginia. Bills in three states tried to completely remove the religious exemption, and bills in four states tried to eliminate the personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption.

In Virginia, where NVIC has been headquartered since 1982, a bill was proposed to gut the medical exemption by confining it to CDC vaccine contraindications only and to eliminate the religious vaccine exemption for all school aged children, including home schooled children.

This assault on freedom of conscience and religion was met with strong opposition from hundreds of parents, grandparents, health care professionals and allied health freedom groups, who responded to NVIC’s call to action and attended Joint Commission on Health Care public hearings with their children and flooded the legislature with emails, phone calls and personal visits to legislators’ offices.

NVIC prepared a 90-page referenced report defending the religious and medical vaccine exemptions and NVIC’s co-founder and president gave an oral presentation in the legislature defending freedom of religion and conscience, which was defined in the Virginia Constitution and Bill of Rights by authors of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.31,32 The bill did not pass out of committee.

This nationwide rejection by state legislatures of lobbying attempts to take away more vaccine exemptions was a strong and definitive response by citizens and legislators to the attack on and loss of personal belief vaccine exemptions in two states in the 2015 legislative session.

In 2016, only eight vaccine bills passed out of the 71 bills that NVIC actively opposed on the NVIC Advocacy Portal. Colorado SB 146 proposed to allow minor children to receive vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases, such as hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

Through well-organized grassroots action using the Advocacy Portal network and NVIC talking points, this offensive provision was stripped from the bill before final passage, pushing it into a “win” category for supporters of parental rights and informed consent. Of the seven remaining bills that NVIC opposed but went on to pass in 2016, three added meningococcal vaccine requirements in Delaware, Iowa and South Dakota.

The remaining four bills were not as threatening: HB 313 in Virginia expanded categories of medical workers who could give vaccines; S 1294 in Idaho lowered the age of children who can be vaccinated by pharmacists; SB 512 in New Hampshire expanded vaccine tracking of flu shots for health care workers, and SB 5143 in Washington state added mandated vaccine education for expectant parents before birth of a child.

In 2016, people around the country contacted NVIC and expressed concern that they did not want to see what happened in California happen in their state too, and committed to actively educating their legislators.

Many became users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal to learn more about becoming an effective vaccine choice advocate and how to network with legislators and community leaders. The excellent numbers coming out of the 2016 legislative session show just how committed and effective they were. NVIC supported 18 bills in 2016 including:

  • Massachusetts S 317 to add a personal belief vaccine exemption
  • Michigan HB 5126 to remove restrictions placed on vaccine exemptions by the Department of Health through rule making authority
  • New Hampshire HB 1463 to offer protection for employees against being forced to get an annual flu shot as a condition of employment
  • Ohio HB 170 to prohibit an employer from taking punitive action against an employee who chooses not to get an annual flu shot

While these positive bills did not pass, opportunities to educate legislators about vaccines and informed consent rights gained momentum, with some of these bills being carried through to 2017.

What happened in 2017:

2017 was a record breaking year on many fronts starting with NVIC’s Advocacy Portal team tracking an unprecedented 184 vaccine related bills across 42 states. The great news coming out of 2017 was that there was very little progress made by forced vaccination lobbyists during this year’s legislative session. Of the 116 bills that NVIC opposed, only 16 bills passed and, out of those 16, only seven had elements that were targeted for strong opposition.

Indiana took the hardest hit with a total of three unwanted vaccine bills passing: HB 1069 mandated meningococcal vaccinations for college students; HB 1540 allowed for quarantine and isolation of children with personal belief vaccine exemptions during a declared public health emergency involving disease outbreaks, and SB 51 added new vaccines that pharmacists can administer under standing orders and expanded medical records data sharing with the state’s electronic vaccine tracking registry.

Arkansas also passed a bill (SB 301) to expand medical records data sharing with the state’s electronic vaccine tracking registry. Tennessee passed the only other bill (SB393) affecting vaccine mandates, which required college boards and the state Department of Health to adopt rules concerning vaccine requirements that effectively delegated the authority to add new vaccine mandates for college students to the health department.

The only state to pass a bill (HB 308) restricting existing vaccine exemption rights was Utah, which added the requirement that parents either complete a vaccine education module to obtain a vaccine exemption form online or attend an in-office consultation at the local health department if an exemption form for a child to attend school is picked up at a health department office.

The original statute only required the local health department to make the exemption form available to parents on request, but some parents reported that there were local health departments making that process too difficult for parents. Adding any additional codified restrictions to obtaining a vaccine exemption is a position that NVIC has consistently opposed.

In Washington State, a bill (HB 1641) was passed that significantly undermined parental informed consent rights by authorizing school nurses to give consent for vaccines to be administered to children whose families were homeless.

Of the remaining nine bills that NVIC opposed but were passed in 2017, none of them affected vaccine exemptions. In Alabama (HB 381), Georgia (HB 198), Nebraska (HB 1481) and Tennessee (HB 388 and SB 598), laws were passed to require vaccine promotion and marketing by schools or health care providers.

Hawaii (SB 514), Kansas (HB 2030) and Montana (HB 177) authorized pharmacists to give vaccines or expand the types of vaccines and ages of children pharmacists could vaccinate.

On the positive side, New Hampshire scored a huge win with the passage of a bill (HB 362) that prohibits school vaccine requirements for diseases that are not transmitted from person to person in a public setting, basically gutting hepatitis B vaccine requirements and putting a road block in the way of any future rule to mandate HPV vaccine or other vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases.

Parental rights in Texas were affirmed when a bill (HB 7) was passed protecting families from having their children vaccinated by Child Protective Services (CPS) without parents’ informed consent. Of the 184 bills that the NVIC Advocacy Portal team tracked in 2017, 23 were in Texas.

Among the Texas bills NVIC opposed, there were three bills proposing to use tax dollars to promote vaccination; one bill removing parental consent by allowing minor children to consent to HPV vaccination; four bills mandating public vaccine exemption disclosure resulting in shaming of schools with high vaccine exemption rates; two bills removing the right to opt-in informed consent for personal medical information to be entered into the vaccine tracking system; two bills to restrict vaccine exemptions; and one bill to eliminate conscientious and religious exemptions.

All of these bills trampling on parental and informed consent rights FAILED, thanks to the work of NVIC’s volunteer state directors, supporters and allied groups in Texas.

2017 Bill Analysis by Category

Because of the record number of vaccine bills filed in 2017, it is useful to look at trends across the states. The four main areas that NVIC focuses on when tracking proposed bills are: (1) vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights; (2) new vaccine mandates; (3) electronic vaccine tracking and reporting registries and (4) vaccines in general.

The breakout and analysis of bills in these different categories is interesting and can serve as a guide to those who want to become active in educating their legislators and community about protecting vaccine informed consent rights in 2018.

Exemptions and Informed Consent (81 related bills)

The majority of vaccine bills filed in state legislatures in 2017 affected vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights: 81 related bills. NVIC opposed 42 of these bills and supported 39 bills. Some of the position statements NVIC posted on the Advocacy Portal were listed as bills to “WATCH” because our analysis indicated they were unlikely to move forward; however, NVIC stated opposition to all of the bills in the “watch” category that negatively affected vaccine exemptions and informed consent rights.

This year, 2017, was a big year for vaccine choice advocates:  ALL lobbying attempts to eliminate vaccine exemptions failed in every state where bills were proposed to do that. Bills were filed in Arkansas (HB1043), Iowa (H 261), New York (A 1810), Pennsylvania (SB 217) and Rhode Island (H 5681) to eliminate vaccine exemptions.  

Texas (HB120) attempted to remove the words “conscientious” and “religious” from vaccine exemption language in state law and refer to exemptions only in medical terms (i.e., “nonmedical”). The Arkansas bill was withdrawn by the sponsor and the rest of the bills failed to move forward. This is very good news.

On the other side, there were 17 bills filed in Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi (4), New Jersey, New York (3), Rhode Island (3), Tennessee and West Virginia (3) that NVIC supported because they proposed to expand vaccine exemptions. Unfortunately, none of those bills passed but their introduction provided an excellent opportunity for citizens to educate legislators about vaccine science, policy and law and informed consent rights.

Of the 15 bills filed in Connecticut (2), Iowa, Minnesota (2), New Jersey, New York, Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Texas (2) and Utah (2) that attempted to restrict vaccine exemptions, only one bill in Utah passed (HB 308). Utah parents now must obtain a vaccine exemption form after completing an online educational module or having in an “inperson consultation” with a health official or other designated person at a local health department office, where parents can be charged up to $25 to do that.

In Mississippi and Texas, there were proposed bills to expand the types of medical workers who could sign a medical vaccine exemption, but they did not pass.

Many more bills in 2017 were filed that tried to mandate the public disclosure of vaccine exemption rates for individual schools. This type of law serves to publicly shame schools with higher student vaccine exemption rates and creates a climate of fear and stigmatization of children attending school with vaccine exemptions.

There were bills attempting to do this filed in Arizona, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas (4) and Virginia. NVIC opposed every one of these bills and we are happy to say NONE of them passed.

This was the second session in a row that a legislator in Texas was unsuccessful in passing this type of legislation and users of the NVIC Advocacy Portal fought hard to stop it from passing. There was a lot of media attention generated by pro-forced vaccination groups in advance of the 2017 legislative session in Texas to try to sway public opinion and persuade the legislature to pass coercive vaccine bills, but those efforts failed.

There were six bills filed in the states of Minnesota (4), New York and Texas that attempted to remove vaccine informed consent rights from parents and delegate them to the minor children themselves. Fortunately, NONE of these bills passed. However, Washington State did pass a bill (HB1641) that allows school nurses to give consent to vaccinating children whose families are homeless.

Being “homeless” does not mean children don’t have parents who care for them and are legally responsible for their welfare. School nurses should not be given the power to vaccinate children for whom they are not legal guardians. NVIC is urging families in Washington State to contact legislators to repeal this law, which sets a bad precedent and threatens parental informed consent rights.

A new category of legislation that emerged in 2017: Six bills were filed in Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Oregon and Washington that highlighted the urgent need to rein in overzealous government agencies where officials are appropriating authority they do not have by ignoring current statutes and adding erroneous restrictions and forms to vaccine exemptions.

Although none of the six bills passed that would have expressly limited state agency actions where government officials are overstepping their authority, the efforts still yielded wins in two states: Colorado and Oregon. In Colorado, a bill (SB 250) proposed to clarify that parents can submit a signed letter requesting a religious or philosophical exemption to vaccination for children to attend school and parents are not required to fill out a state health department form.

This bill was filed because the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and schools were telling parents they must use the CDPHE forms, even though Colorado State Law 25-4-903(2)(b) has been in force since 1978 allowing parents or legal guardians to submit to schools a signed statement requesting a vaccine exemption on behalf of a minor child.

While the bill did not pass, the parents’ right to submit a vaccine exemption statement to the school was publicly affirmed in a joint letter signed by the departments of health and education.33

Oregon SB 687 proposed to clarify that the definition of parental child abuse does not include delaying or declining vaccination for a child. While the bill did not pass, the Oregon Department of Human Services issued a memo, which states that not vaccinating a child by itself does not constitute medical neglect. It is likely there will be more clarification bills filed in the future as more families and legislators grow frustrated with state agencies that don’t follow the law.34

Texas made strides in 2017 in creating legislation to protect parents, whose children have not received all federally recommended and state mandated vaccines, from overreach by Child Protective Services (CPS) and the courts. Already armed with protective language passed in a 2003 bill, which amended the government code with “Prohibition on Punitive Action for Failure to Immunize,” the passage of Texas HB 7 in 2017 took this protection to an even higher level.

HB 7 provided for a sweeping revamping of the CPS system and was amended to include protective language for parents filing a conscientious/religious vaccine exemption for their children. Sections 10 and 11 of the bill prohibit a court from ordering the termination of parental rights, and sections 17 and 18 prohibit the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from taking possession of a child based on a parent “declining immunization for a child for reasons of conscience including a religious belief.”

Threatening language also was removed from Texas HB 1549 that targeted innocent parents, who CPS officials believe are “at risk” of committing child abuse or neglect at some point in the future.

The original bill contained no qualification that families would have to already be under investigation for child abuse or neglect to be labeled “at risk” of becoming child abusers. Rather, the bill would have allowed CPS officials to visit the home of any family they believed displayed “risk factors” and CPS could schedule monthly visits to that family’s home.

Under the bill’s original language, a “risk factor” could be anything that CPS believed would make a child susceptible to abuse or neglect. NVIC sent an action alert to oppose the bill. We are grateful to all the organizations that worked together in Texas to remove offensive language from the bill that could have led to labeling parents who do not vaccinate their children as potential child abusers.

Seventeen bills in Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi (4), New Jersey, New York (3), Rhode Island (3), Tennessee, and West Virginia (3) were filed to expand vaccine exemptions and bills filed in Minnesota, Oklahoma (4), Oregon (3), Texas (2) and Washington State proposed to expand vaccine informed consent rights. Two bills in Mississippi and Texas were filed to expand which type of medical workers can sign medical exemptions, plus Texas had a bill to prohibit doctors from refusing to provide medical care to patients for declining vaccinations.

While none of these proactive bills passed, they advanced education efforts in the legislature about vaccine exemption and informed consent issues affecting families, which ultimately helped stop some of the bad vaccine-related bills from passing.

Vaccine Mandates (35 bills)

Twenty-five bills were filed across 11 states to add new vaccine mandates, including in Connecticut (2), Illinois, Indiana (3), Kansas, Kentucky, Maine (2), Missouri, New Jersey (5), New York (5), Tennessee (2) and Virginia (2). The majority of these bills attempted to require influenza, meningococcal or HPV vaccines for either health care workers or children attending school.

NVIC opposed all of these bills and the only two that passed were Indiana HB 1069, which mandated meningococcal vaccinations for college students, and Tennessee SB 393, which required college boards and the Department of Health to adopt vaccine requirement rules.

No elementary or secondary school mandates were passed by any state legislature. However, there has been an increasing trend for legislatures to allow public health officials in state health departments to add school vaccine mandates by using the administrative rule making process that bypasses the legislative process, which effectively reduces active public participation and scrutiny of these policies.

NVIC tracked four bills that proposed to protect employees from vaccine mandates as a condition of employment: one in Mississippi, one in Ohio and two in Oregon. While the bills in Mississippi and Oregon died, in Ohio a bill (HB 193), which provides protections for employees who refuse an annual flu shot, is still moving. The bill passed out of the Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee and, as long as it is alive, Ohio residents should continue to monitor and urge legislators to support this bill.

There were five proactive bills filed in Mississippi, New Hampshire (2), New Jersey and Rhode Island to restrict vaccine mandates. Four of the five bills restricted hepatitis B vaccine mandates. The only one of these bills to pass was in New Hampshire (HB 362), where there is now a prohibition on school vaccine mandates for diseases that are not transferred from person to person in a public setting.

This bill went into effect on August 15, 2017. That victory came after dedicated education efforts in the legislature by NVIC’s volunteer New Hampshire state advocacy director and Advocacy Portal users in the state.

Vaccine Tracking and Reporting (28 bills)

The largest group of bills under the category of vaccine tracking and reporting were 17 bills in 12 states that proposed to expand electronic vaccine tracking systems: Arkansas, California, Connecticut (3), Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York (2), Ohio and Utah. The only two bills that passed were Arkansas SB 301 and Indiana SB 51.

The next largest category was vaccine tracking bills that were filed in Montana, Oregon, Texas (2) and Utah to remove opt-in informed consent to vaccine records tracking so the vaccination status of individuals can be tracked without their knowledge or consent by state health officials. Fortunately, none of these bills passed.

Maryland HB 1481 proposed to not only require all primary health care providers to push federally recommended vaccines for adolescents, such as hepatitis B and HPV vaccines, it would have required the documentation of parental refusal of vaccinations in the child’s permanent medical record. Fortunately, this bill stalled and failed to move out of committee.

A good bill in Massachusetts (H 1179) proposed to give individuals a way to avoid automatic inclusion in the state’s electronic vaccine tracking system without consent, but the bill did not pass. A bill in Vermont (H 247), which requires the state health department file vaccine adverse reaction reports to the General Assembly, is still active for the upcoming 2018 session. If you live in Vermont, you can encourage your legislators to support H 247.

Vaccine Promotion (47 bills)

Vaccine advertising, promotion and marketing should not be funded by taxpayers and, yet, there were bills filed in 10 states, including Alabama, Florida (3), Georgia, Illinois (2), Louisiana (2), Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee (2) and Texas (3) to require the promotion of vaccine use by schools, medical facilities and places of employment.

Schools should not be legally compelled to promote vaccinations. Yet, bills in Alabama (HB 381), Georgia (HB 198) and Tennessee (HB 388 and SB 598) all passed and require schools to provide information on influenza and flu shots to children and their parents. A bill in Nebraska (LB 267), which also passed, requires nursing facilities to offer employees and residents influenza vaccines.

There were bills filed in 11 states proposing to authorize pharmacists to administer more vaccines, including in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland (2), Maine (2), Montana, New York (3) South Dakota and Texas. Four of these bills passed and some of the bills broaden the ages of individuals who can be given vaccines, while others broaden the types of vaccines that can be given.

Hawaii (SB 514) passed a bill allowing pharmacists to administer HPV and other vaccines to children that became effective July 3, 2017. Indiana (SB 51) added new vaccines that pharmacists can administer under standing orders, effective July 1, 2017. Kansas (HB 2030) now allows pharmacists to administer a vaccine to children as young as 12 years old and this went into effect on July 1, 2017.

Finally, Montana passed HB 177, which allows pharmacists to give pneumococcal vaccines to everyone and this law went into effect March 1, 2017. California passed a bill (AB 443) that allows optometrists to give vaccines, effective Oct. 7, 2017.

There were nine bills in six states proposing to expand vaccine and public health programs, including in Florida (3), Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington (2), and two of these bills passed. While two bills in Florida to promote vaccination of pregnant women died, there is a new bill (HB 41) that has already been pre-filed for the 2018 legislative session. This bill makes influenza and tetanus vaccines (most tetanus containing shots also contain diphtheria and pertussis vaccines) part of pregnancy wellness programs.

NVIC will continue to oppose this bill and encourage Florida residents to contact their legislators and share with them the results of a new study signaling an association between influenza vaccine and miscarriage.35 There were also three bills, all filed in Missouri, which proposed to limit certain ingredients in vaccines, but none of them passed.

Government Agencies Abusing the Rule Making Process to Circumvent Legislators

As citizens in many states have become more effective informed consent advocates and are successfully blocking coercive vaccine legislation, officials in government agencies are increasingly attempting to use and stretch the administrative rule making process, which avoids legislation, to try to get away with putting restrictions on or adding more requirements to the vaccine exemption process.

Citizens have little recourse when administrative rules are adopted by government agencies that increase restrictions or add extra requirements not set forth in law because, unlike elected legislators, voters cannot hold unelected government employees accountable at the polls. In the 2015 to 2017 time frame, NVIC issued action alerts to oppose proposed administrative rules in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Vermont that affect vaccine exemptions and, in New Hampshire, we urged opposition to a vaccine tracking system proposed rule.

A local health department in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, tried to mandate HPV vaccines for school children, which is yet another example of government overreach that was fortunately stopped. These administrative rules issued by government officials all had one thing in common: They went beyond the authority given to government employees in the state laws they were supposed to responsibly implement.

For example, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted administrative rules that went into effect on February 27, 2017 related to the passage of SB 1410 by the legislature in 2015. SB 1410 required the signature of a medical professional that verified the parent was given vaccine education, as well as required new religious vaccine exemption forms to be filled out by parents of children entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades.

The final rule that was adopted by the health department went beyond the scope of what was authorized in the bill, requiring ALL children in day care, nursery schools, pre-K, special education, and entering other grades to file new religious exemption forms. The health department rule also failed to implement a section of the bill clarifying that state designated medical workers giving vaccines may write a medical exemption for a child without restrictions. 

In 2017, NVIC issued an alert in Kentucky opposing a proposed rule by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to restrict vaccine exemptions by requiring the use of a state issued form that would require additional parent education and a notary signature.

An increasing number of public health officials working in state health departments are growing bolder by taking action outside the scope of the laws for which they write rules. It is very important to hold public health officials accountable with legislators who control their funding, and call them out for going beyond their authority when it comes to promoting and enforcing vaccination.  

Parents should be very cautious about signing government forms that contain statements about diseases and vaccines that they do not agree with, especially if coercion is involved, which is called “compelled speech” and is unconstitutional. Make sure that the forms you sign are legally required and do not include additional information requests or attestations that are not required in state or federal law.

Informed consent advocates in every state, who want to expand or protect vaccine exemptions, should actively monitor proposed rulemaking notices published in their state by health agencies and respond with written or oral public comment, as allowed, as well as contact legislators and express concerns.

Taking action will help stop government officials from abusing rule making authority for the purpose of coercing individuals into using all federally recommended and state mandated vaccines rather than respecting informed consent rights. Links are posted to state proposed rulemaking on each state vaccine law page at NVIC.org to assist the public in providing oversight on and holding government agencies accountable for legally administrating the rule making process.

What Can You Do?

NVIC expects many more vaccine-related bills to be filed in the states in 2018, so please become a registered user of the NVIC Advocacy Portal and check in often to learn about ways to educate legislators when vaccine bills moving in your state, and encourage all of your friends and family to do the same.

Clearly your efforts are making a much more significant difference than the media and those pushing “no exceptions” forced vaccination policies and laws are willing to admit, and your participation is vital to protecting informed consent and vaccine choices in America.

Also, if you see inaccurate information in the media, take the time to respond by a making a comment online. You can also email the journalist or media outlet and provide accurate, well referenced vaccine information, which you can find on the “Ask 8 Vaccine Information Kiosk” on NVIC.org.

NVIC’s updated 2017 illustrated and fully referenced Guide to Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law is a good vaccine education tool for legislators and friends and family, too. NOTE: Every bill discussed in this report is linked on the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

How Oysters May Help Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

By Dr. Mercola

A raw oyster has an unpalatable appearance and generally a high, visual “ick” factor. However, before humans began destroying the oyster’s natural habitat, this little saltwater, bivalve mollusk provided a nutrient-rich source of calcium, iron, protein and zinc.1 Oysters have also been prized for their aphrodisiac qualities, as they increase sperm and testosterone production and play a role in the libido of both genders.

High levels of zinc in the oyster are likely responsible for the aphrodisiac quality and for supporting your immune system.2 This dietary mineral is used as a cofactor in a number of critical enzymes. Organic, raw sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and cashews are also rich in zinc and likely a far healthier option.

Oysters filter algae and other food particles from water as it constantly is drawn over their gills. This means that most small particles are drawn into the oyster and their digestive tract. Several recent studies have analyzed how environmental pollution affects the life cycle of the oyster. When carbon dioxide enters water, it lowers the pH and effectively kills oysters.3

Another study found when oysters ingest microbeads of plastic in the ocean, it affects the animal’s ability to reproduce and grow, resulting in 40 percent less off-spring and 20 percent smaller animals.4 Between 5.3 million and nearly 14 million U.S. tons of plastic enters the ocean every year.5 Scientists who measured how much plastic enters the ocean yearly expect that if disposal methods do not change, the cumulative impact to the ocean will reach 170.8 million tons by 2025.6

According to a report by the British Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, eating six oysters could introduce approximately 50 microbeads of plastic into your body.7 On the upside, a recent research study now suggests that science could take advantage of the oyster’s filtering system and unique microbiome to help repair the ocean environment.

Nutrient Pollution Leads to Algae Blooms and Dead Water

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nutrient pollution from excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment is one of the most widespread, costly and challenging problems.8 Nitrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the air, and naturally found in gas form. It is a critical component in the production of proteins in living organisms. Bound in gas form, nitrogen is useless to most organisms.9

Nitrogen availability in nature is controlled by bacteria that convert nitrogen gas to a form that is more bioavailable to plants and animals. This naturally controlled cycle has been severely impacted by human waste and the injection of nitrogen-based fertilizers into the environment. Called nutrient pollution, it has impacted much of the waterways around the world for decades, creating environmental and financial problems.10

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than the local ecosystem can handle, resulting in large algae blooms like the one reported at Lake Okeechobee, Florida, that was so large it could be seen from space.11 Miles of southern Florida coastline and waterways were affected and could be traced to the nation’s second largest freshwater lake, Lake Okeechobee.12

John Campbell, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Jacksonville District, reported decades of fertilization runoff from farms, combined with warmer temperatures, promoted the growth of the blue-green algae.13 Nitrogen may also enter the waterways from industrial wastewater treatment plants and from septic tanks or stormwater runoff in urban areas and farms.14

Water from the lake was routinely discharged into local canals to prevent flooding and substantially contributed to the putrid blooms that proliferated through the canals, estuaries and along the coastline. These large growths of algae reduce or eliminate oxygen in the water that fish and other aquatic life need to survive. During an algae bloom, large numbers of fish may get sick and die, and elevated toxins and bacterial growth may harm humans if they come into contact with contaminated fish or shellfish, or drink the water. 15

This results in dead zones in the water16 where life cannot be found, and a loss of sea grass necessary for the survival of some marine life.17 Nutrient pollution also reaches the ground water, affecting the source of drinking water for millions in the U.S. Even at low levels, the added nitrogen-based compounds can be harmful.

Oyster Microbiome May Enhance Denitrification

Researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science set out to determine how much of an impact the oyster may have in reducing excess nutrients from water.18 The research stemmed from the knowledge oysters impact nitrogen in the environment in two different ways:

  • The oysters sequester nitrogen in the environment in their tissue and cells where it remains until the oyster dies. Nitrogen could be completely removed if the dead oysters were harvested and the shells were not returned to the water.
  • Oysters create a specific microbiome of bacteria living along the oyster reefs, in low light with a steady supply of fresh oxygen. These bacteria perform a process called denitrification, during which nitrogen compounds are turned back into nitrogen gas.

In the first study, the oysters appeared to reduce other pollutants from their immediate environment, but at a lower rate than nitrogen. Building on their initial research, a team from the same university attempted to identify and quantify the bacteria in the oyster’s gut and shell responsible for the denitrification process.19 The researchers used a computer program to infer bacterial activity based on the sequence of RNA genes.20 According to one of the researchers:21

“We found that oyster shells contain unique microbial communities with higher denitrification activities than sediments. It’s thus possible to reduce nutrients at the beginning of an oyster restoration project as shell microbiomes are actively removing fixed nitrogen.”

In this initial study to identify the specific bacteria carrying genes associated with oyster guts, shells and reef sediment, the scientists combined a genomic database with a program they devised. They then measured the rate of denitrification in laboratory chambers and discovered a much higher rate in the chambers with live oysters and shells. When they compared these results with the genes in three microbiomes they found a high correlation between rates of denitrification and a gene sequence call nosZI.22

The researchers caution that while the results are encouraging, more study is needed as the processes are complex and require the coordinated expression of several genes. They pointed out that while an organism may carry the gene, it may not be expressed. They remain cautiously optimistic about future studies and the potential for oyster beds to help reduce nutrient pollution in salt-water waterways.

Oyster Reefs Protect the Land and Marine Life


Oysters also provide a mechanical benefit. As they multiply, the mollusks create oyster reefs. These areas function much like coral reefs, giving other plants and animals structures in which to live.23 In this video from Nature Conservancy, you’ll discover how these reefs are being rebuilt and the benefits to the environment.

Large aggregations of oysters are also called oyster bars, oyster banks, oyster bottoms and oyster beds.24 These terms are often used interchangeably and are not well defined. As they reproduce and settle on the shells of other oysters, they create massive physical structures. These reefs have been negatively affected in a number of ways by human interaction.

Boat wakes slowly erode the reef, pollution poisons the oysters and inhibits reproduction and growth, and intense harvesting have all contributed to the 85 percent reduction in oyster reefs around the world.25 Oyster reefs are sometimes called living shorelines,26 as they often develop in estuary waters near the mouths of rivers. Oyster reefs act as a living breakwater that mitigates coastal erosion and facilitates wildlife growth in the area.27

These shorelines where fresh water and saltwater meet are often the most degraded and at-risk areas as they are sensitive to changes in sea level, storm damage and human utilization. Large, healthy oyster reefs help protect the marshlands and coastline from damage.28

Coastal marshlands provide essential habitat for birds, fish and marine life. Approximately 75 percent of commercial fish and shellfish and nearly 90 percent of fish caught for recreation depend on these estuaries.29 Without the development and growth of oyster reefs these areas are in greater danger of damage.

Oysters Filter More Than Plastic and Nitrogen

Scientists may be able to harness the power of the oyster to filter excess nitrogen from the oceans, but these little marine animals don’t stop with nitrogen. One study by the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) found oysters harvested from Brunswick and New Hanover counties had some of the highest levels of arsenic in the U.S.30 Ten heavy metals were found in the sediment and oyster tissue.

The researchers were surprised to also find triclosan at each of the sites tested while testing for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Hot spot locations were noted to have levels of PAH in the oyster bodies and surrounding sediment between two and 24 times greater than EPA levels. Steven Skrabal, Ph.D., professor for Marine Science at UNCW, commented on the discoveries saying,31 “From a human health standpoint, some of them are carcinogenic, so it’s kind of good to know what levels are in the oysters.”

In Portland, Oregon, scientists found native Olympia oysters from Coos and Natarts bays contained a dangerous cocktail of pharmaceuticals and chemicals in their flesh,32 including pain relievers, antibiotics, PCBs, pesticides and mercury that had likely entered the bay from groundwater runoff and wastewater discharge. Elise Granek, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Science and Management, succinctly points out the danger of eating marine animals living in oceans polluted by chemicals:33

“There are no federal or state guidelines for screening consumption of multiple contaminant types. We’ve found oysters that contain pharmaceuticals, carcinogenic compounds and mercury, and we don’t know the effects or synergies of taking this combination of drugs and chemicals together. Commercial and native oysters may contain similar contaminants because the two species both filter their food out of the surrounding water.”

Federally Acceptable Levels Not Enough to Protect Your Health

Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, oysters tested positive for toxic heavy metals at levels greater than considered safe for human consumption.34 Two years after the spill a team of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences detected evidence that heavy metals and other contaminants from the spill had been incorporated into the shells and tissue of the oysters,35 potentially leading to bioaccumulation in predatory animals further up the food chain.

Independent testing of seafood increased after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as government agencies insisted within months that the seafood was safe to eat. Government inspectors were using a smell test to tell if the fish were safe.36 Gulf fisherman were not satisfied and questioned whether the fish was safe to feed their families. They demanded more thorough testing to measure the effects of the oil and the dispersants to fight the slick. Rusty Graybill, a fisherman from Louisiana, commented to an NBC journalist:37

“If I put fish in a barrel of water and poured oil and Dove detergent over that, and mixed it up, would you eat that fish? I wouldn’t feed it to you or my family. I’m afraid someone’s going to get sick.”

A year later the FDA continued to insist the fish were safe to eat, although a study by the National Resources Defense Council cast serious doubt on that claim.38 By 2015, the crabs and oysters tested with lower levels of contaminants, but the population of mollusks and shrimp have drastically declined.39 Al Sunseri owns 135-year-old P&J Oyster Co., a harvester and distributor in New Orleans. He spoke to a journalist from The Salt, saying:40

“They’re saying that the oyster landings are the same as what they were pre-oil spill, and there’s no way. If it was, we would not have a 300 percent increase on the dock for the price of oysters. I attribute it all to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, and I’ll never say it’s anything but a disaster. It’s not a spill, because spills are easily cleaned up, and this is the gift that keeps on giving.”

Your Best Seafood Options

Eating seafood from contaminated waters increases your risk of polluting your own body with chemicals and pharmaceuticals that damage your health. Unfortunately, the large majority of wild-caught fish are too contaminated to eat as most waterways are contaminated with mercury, heavy metal and chemicals. But eating farmed fish is not the answer either, as many farmed fish are heavily contaminated as well. Farmed salmon has been declared one of the most toxic foods of all.

As a general rule I recommend eating only authentic wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon or smaller fish with short life cycles, such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or herring. These fish are good choices to get omega-3 fats in your diet while minimizing your exposure to toxins. To encourage you to try these fish, I recommend you experiment by adding anchovies or sardines to your next salad. You may also want to check out my personal lunch recipe and healthy baked salmon recipe.

Changing EPA Policies May Increase Your Risk of Living in a Toxic Town

By Dr. Mercola

There are 100 synonyms for chloroprene, the chemical produced in the manufacture of neoprene.1 In liquid form it is less dense than water and in gas form it is heavier than air. The liquid and vapor are highly flammable and toxic if swallowed or inhaled. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report the chemical has cytogenetic properties and may cause DNA damage.2

Chloroprene is the liquid monomer in the production of the polymer neoprene. The product is used mainly in the rubber industry but, as a raw material, is also used in adhesives, molded foam, rubber sheeting and gaskets.3 The product is used to insulate joints and coatings from the environment, which means it is highly resistant to action from temperature change, ozone or adverse weather conditions. The product is not readily biodegradable and has a potential for bio- or geo-accumulation.

These properties have made the chemical highly sought after by manufacturers, and increases the potential the petroleum-based product may have adverse effects on your health and wellness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Toxicology Program has stated chloroprene is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”4 This is exactly what citizens living in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana have experienced, where the Denka Performance Elastomer plant is located at the edge of town.

Nearly All Chloroprene Pollution Belches From One Plant in Louisiana

In this small historical town, just west of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, one chemical plant spits out 99 percent of the chloroprene contamination produced in the U.S.5 St. John the Baptist Parish was established in the 1720s and was the second permanent settlement in Louisiana.6 Today, the townspeople are overcome by a list of different illnesses and diseases, including cancer, kidney disease and asthma.

Most of the inhabitants attribute their health concerns to the high levels of pollution from the Denka plant, formerly owned by DuPont. The plant began production along the banks of the Mississippi in 1973.7 In 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned the residents they were living in an area with the highest potential for cancer risk. In fact, the EPA National Air Toxic Assessment (NATA) states:8

“The top five census tracts with the highest NATA-estimated cancer risks nationally are in Louisiana due to Denka (formerly DuPont) chloroprene emissions.”

Denka is a Japanese-based company that purchased the plant from DuPont in November 2015,9 after years of pollution had been poisoning citizens of St. John Parish. Although the EPA has identified the area around the plant as having the highest risk of cancer related directly to emissions of chloroprene, Denka has not broken any EPA emission regulations.10

Measured Amounts Far Exceed Limits of Acceptability

Knowing there is a risk from chemical exposure, and regulation of that exposure by the EPA or any other governmental agency, are two different matters. The chemical was reported as “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogen” in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,11 and again in 2010 by the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).12

Although the EPA had determined chloroprene was likely carcinogenic to humans,13 there were no legal limits set for emissions from manufacturing plants or through exposure from products. In 2016, a memo set the upper limit of acceptability to reduce cancer risk to an annual average exposure of 0.2 micrograms (mcg) per cubic meter of air.

To determine what the air pollution levels were around the plant, the EPA installed six canisters in the area and collected data every three days between March 1 and March 10, 2016.14 When the levels measured were higher than the regulated amount, the EPA again installed sampling canisters with the plan to monitor over 180 days. That plan was again extended.

What was found were air pollution levels 10 to 100 times the upper limit of acceptability set by the EPA. Sampling canisters were placed outside of an elementary school and high school. The data showed the average concentration between May 2016 and August 2017 was at least 34 times the EPA’s recommended levels.15 The analysis prompted Denka to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to reduce the level of emissions by 85 percent from their facility.16

Denka Insists There Is No Risk

Although Denka entered into the agreement voluntarily, they continue to insist that chloroprene emissions are not dangerous to the community and have not committed to reducing emissions to any particular level.17 Plant manager Jorge Lavastida disputes the EPA analysis, citing a DuPont study18 that showed cancer rates in employees at chloroprene plants are not higher than those in the community.19 He went on to point out the commitment to reduce emissions will cost the company close to $18 million.20

However, the study Lavastida quotes, funded by the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, is not backed by other studies that demonstrate exposure to chloroprene did in fact elevate the risk of a variety of cancers and other health damage.21 Additionally, the high cost in lives and finances to the population living around the plant far outweighs the cost to the company to reduce their contribution to the devastation occurring in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Lavastida insists there is no connection between chloroprene and cancer and added he is optimistic the EPA will revise their level of acceptability soon.22 During an interview with CNN, Lavastida shared one of the projects to reduce emissions was completed, and according to their own sampling, emissions were down by 62 percent in the area. However, data provided by the state to CNN demonstrated that the air quality in the area had actually worsened at five of the six testing sites.

Denka would like to believe chloroprene emissions pumped out of the plant are harmless to the citizens in the surrounding area, but there is ample evidence to the contrary. The state of New Jersey developed a Hazardous Fact Sheet, stating chloroprene:

  • Can pass through your skin and affects your health when breathed
  • Should be handled as a carcinogen with extreme care
  • Can cause cancer and damage liver, kidneys and lungs
  • Is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List as it is a mutagen, carcinogen and flammable

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Straddling the Fence

The IRIS numbers are officially risk estimates and the EPA may use them to define legal limits. However, the process takes years under good circumstances and not likely until there is a change in administration policy.

States can also use the numbers to set their own rules, but Chuck Carr Brown, the head of LDEQ, told a reporter for The Intercept the 0.2 mcg level is “just a guidance,” and it is aiming at improving leak detection and the installation of technology that should reduce emissions, instead of keeping emissions below the recommended level.23

Brown admits to trying to straddle the fence between the people he’s committed to serving and the interests of industry in his community.24

The stated mission of the LDEQ is25 “to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies regarding employment and economic development.” In a public meeting Brown said many of the concerns about cancer were overblown and told council members:”26

“When you get a monitor that shows a spike, you also get a monitor the same day when the wind is blowing a different way that shows none detected. So all that’s to say it’s not like there’s a smoking gun somewhere in St. John Parish.”

Brown also points to data from the Louisiana’s Tumor Registry that shows there is no higher incidence of cancer in the St. John Parish.27 However, the data he references is not yet able to pinpoint the specific area of St. John the Baptist Parish, and includes a much larger area.

More precise data from the region may be available soon as a new state law will require greater detailed reporting.28 Regardless of Brown’s assertions, the CDC cites the top five census tracts with the highest cancer risks nationally are in Louisiana and due to Denka.29

Duck and Run

The sale of the DuPont neoprene factory to Denka is only one of several ways DuPont is divesting assets to protect the company from the rising number of class action lawsuits resulting from communities suffering devastating health effects. The company was founded in 1802 and had left a trail of waste dumped across the country. In the early 1980s, a thorough review of the company’s waste sites was ordered.30

More than 30 years later there is greater urgency to find those waste and cleanup sites as the information is central to many class action lawsuits being brought to court. In July 2015, DuPont spun off their division of performance chemicals into a new company, The Chemours Company.31 This essentially meant the financial responsibility for a large portion of the liabilities would be shouldered by Chemours.

However, the fledgling company was loaded with debt from the parent company and not expected to make a recovery.32 Chemours is posting falling annual revenue and gross income,33 but has not yet fallen apart. This works to the advantage of DuPont as lawsuits may not have the ability to recover any awards given by the courts.34

To further complicate matters, DuPont completed their merger with Dow on August 31, 2017,35 after which the companies announced DowDuPont would operate under three separate divisions — agriculture, materials science and specialty products. One year prior to the merger, DuPont filed a brief stating there had been no decision on how the new company would handle the cost of court cases and called the request for documentation “improper and intrusive.”36

DuPont’s attorneys went on to say plaintiff’s accusations that the company may be dodging financial responsibilities is “merely speculative,” without denying the allegation or putting to rest the fears of the plaintiffs that despite a potential court ruling in their favor, there would be no money to fill DuPont’s obligation.

EPA Policy Shift Downplays Your Health Risk While Favoring Industry

While citizens are struggling against industry giants for legal recognition and financial remuneration for physical pain and suffering after exposure to toxins, the EPA appears to have joined forces with large manufacturers and turned their back on the people they were tasked to protect.

This year, when after years of struggle to prevent the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — an ingredient in stain-resistant carpet and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water — a rule was enacted making it more difficult to track the health consequences of the chemical.37

PFOA has been scientifically linked to immune system disorders,38 kidney and testicular cancers39 and birth defects.40 The rule revision was only one among a dozen ordered by the new deputy head of the EPA, Nancy Beck. Prior to this appointment by the president, Beck served as an executive at the American Chemistry Council, the chemistry industry’s leading trade association. According to The New York Times:41

“The EPA’s abrupt new direction on legacy chemicals is part of a broad initiative by the Trump administration to change the way the federal government evaluates health and environmental risks associated with hazardous chemicals, making it more aligned with the industry’s wishes.”

In essence this means the focus of the EPA is shifting from protecting the consumer to protecting the financial interests of industry. Beck’s policies appear to line up in tandem with those of Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief, who in March choose not to ban the commercial use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which alters brain structure and cognition in children.42 This move was against the recommendations of the agencies scientists.

The EPA, under the direction of Pruitt, is also pressing their scientists to re-evaluate a plan to ban two other dangerous chemicals that have caused dozens of deaths. Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, who until recently was the agency’s top official overseeing pesticides and toxic chemicals, told The New York Times,43 “It was extremely disturbing to me. The industry met with the EPA political appointees. And then I was asked to change the agency’s stand.”

These changes appear to increase the possibility that Lavastida’s optimism the EPA will revise their level of acceptability for chloroprene emission is likely. How many more deaths, birth defects and devastated families are necessary before these chemicals are recognized for the hazards to the future of humanity they are?

How You Can Help

It is difficult to imagine a governmental agency tasked with protecting the citizens of the U.S. would knowingly ignore your exposure to toxic chemicals linked to birth defects, cancers, liver damage and immune disorders. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening. The EPA’s focus on chemical exposure is one of “wait and see,” as opposed to the European Union’s stance of proving the chemical safe first before releasing it for use by consumers.

However, the attitude of “wait and see” if there are any adverse effects from exposure appears to be backsliding further as they are now knowingly allowing widespread use of chemicals that have been scientifically linked to devastating health damage. You can help by expressing your concern to congressmen and congresswomen who serve on committees charged with the oversight of the EPA.

  • Congressional committees with jurisdiction over EPA issues: This document lists the committees and what they cover. The Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry committee covers food safety and the Environment and Public Works committee covers toxic substances.
  • GovTrack.us: This site lists all the committees and the congress people who serve on them. If you click on the congress person you’ll find a link to contact them and a link to their website.
  • U.S. Senate Committees: Find all senators and their current committees listed. Clicking on the senator’s name takes you to their website where you can contact them.
  • Contact Elected Officials: Find links to write your comments to the president and federal, state and local elected officials.

And now, a new video from Jordan Sather (that ties in with the Tracy Beanz one) 11-7-17… “Storm is Getting Stormier/ SKYKINGS/ Help From Above?” (or, once again, “Holy Crap, there’s a lot coming out!! (baby!!))

Once again, as in the last post, I’m listening to this right now, and I am very grateful to Jordan for bringing all these threads and breads (crumbs, as Q anon calls them), and other stuff. I was personally fascinated by the SKYKINGS reference. Check it out, baby!! And thank you, Jordan!!
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New Video from Tracy Beanz 11-7-17… “/POL/ Q Clearance Anon- Is it #happening? PART III” (or, “Holy Crap, there’s a lot coming out!! (baby!!))

I’m listening to this right now and, once again, I am “pulled in” to what she reads and discusses (prior Kp blog post 1, post 2). This new (to me) thread website is https://qanon.000webhostapp.com/. Check it out, baby!!
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Published on Nov 7, 2017
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Empathy Leads To Telepathy – Telepathy Leads To Oneness


(Olga StarA lot of abilities or super-senses if you like, overlap, compliment or add to one another. The same with empathy, telepathy and Oneness. While all three are subjects of many discussions, confrontations and even a subject of worship (in case of Oneness), it is important to underline how one leads to another, not quite that directly, the better representation would be:
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