Edward Breen: DuPont CEO and Chairman of the Board
Long term mercury contamination in Virginia rivers
Criminally exploiting Virginia water democracy
Edward Breen, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at DuPont, is named a Virginia Water Terrorist. DuPont, the fourth largest chemical company based on global market capitalization has been polluting Virginia water resources for decades. Breen has shown that that DuPont’s profits and annual revenue of 26 billion USD will continue to come at the cost of Virginia’s water security and human health.
The Virginia River Healers are targeting Virginia Water Terrorist Edward Breen and DuPont, the eighth most powerful organization amongst worldwide chemical companies. One of Breen’s plants in Waynesboro, Virginia caused severe mercury contamination for decades in the South River and the South Fork Shenandoah River. Mercury that had been released from 1925 to 1950 at the synthetic fiber plant was discovered in the river in the 70s. For the last 40 years of mercury testing, results have shown no sign of amelioration and mercury contamination continues to impact the health of humans, fish, amphibians, and birds.
DuPont is being held accountable for over 100 miles of mercury contaminated watershed and the harm of several natural resources. The Department of Justice closed a $50 million dollar settlement with this chemical giant, marking the largest natural resource damage settlements to ever happen in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The settlement however allowed DuPont to be excused from being criminally charged. The Waynesboro facility is now temporarily closed but the side effects of DuPont’s mercury in the watershed are still damaging an important Virginia ecosystem. The U.S. Department of the Interior is now deciding how to spend the settlement money. Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division will oversee every dollar. Hold him accountable.
In contrast to the $50 million dollar settlement, Edward Breen’s total annual compensation at DuPont for 2015 was $10 million.
Virginia is not the only state DuPont is taking rivers hostage. In 2010 just one DuPont's facilities was found to be legally discharging over 5,000,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into New Jersey/Delaware waterways. Between 2007 and 2014 there were 34 accidents resulting in toxic releases at DuPont plants across the U.S., with no fewer than 8 fatalities.
Edward Breen's 2015 Total Annual Compensation $10,205,975
Water is a commons - No one holds the right to destroy