How the production of Cascade dishwasher detergent contributes to elevated cancer risks in multiple communities across the South
On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing a ProPublica investigation about BASF, the world’s largest chemical maker. The German-based company produces ingredients for America’s most common products, including soaps, surface cleaners, and dishwasher detergent.
ProPublica pieced together the supply chain of a single BASF produced chemical found in Cascade dishwasher detergent. According to Propublica’s analysis, BASF’s footprint of cancer-causing air pollution is larger than that of any other foreign-owned company in the US and is the fourth-largest toxic footprint among all companies operating in this country. For decades, BASF has been emitting cancer causing toxic pollutants harming the health of nearly one million people in multiple communities across the Southern US.
Max Blau, investigative reporter with ProPublica's South bureau, covering health care, public health, and the environment
Lylla Younes, reporter and developer on ProPublica’s New Apps team
John Beard, Jr., founder, president, and executive director of the Port Arthur Community Action Network
Propublica: The Dirty Secret of America’s Clean Dishes