In 1975, an unexplained but dire illness came to light among workers at a Hopewell, Virginia chemical plant. More investigation revealed that Allied Chemical Corporation had been contaminating the area with pesticides for more than a decade. Poison Powder: The Kepone Disaster in Virginia and Its Legacy by Gregory S. Wilson and Blueprint for Going Green: How a Small Foundation Changed the Model for Environmental Conservation by Gerald McCarthy both explore this toxic point in history, and the clean, green policies it helped shape going forward.

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